Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Education


Leadership and Counselor Education

First Advisor

Douglas R. Davis

Second Advisor

Denver Fowler

Third Advisor

Douglas R. Davis

Relational Format



This quantitative study analyzes findings from the 2015 Crepe Myrtle High School (CMHS) graduates and determines if statistically significant relationships exist between student demographic and school participation variables with ACT composite scores. Utilizing both a Pearson product moment statistical correlation and t-test for continuous variables and a One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for categorical variables, the researcher identifies and presents significant relationships or differences in means, between the academic achievement of 2015 Crepe Myrtle High School graduates and ACT composite scores. The variables analyzed consists of: (a) the number of completed core classes; (b) high school grade points averages (HSGPAs); (c) extracurricular activities; (d) gender; (e) socio economic status; and (f) race/ethnicity. The significant relationships produce validity concerns with the Mississippi School Accountability System and the current metric measuring the College and Career Readiness of CMHS graduates. Furthermore, the findings may provide educators a better understanding of student academic activities and academic decisions which may have a relationship with ACT composite scores at the local level.


Emphasis: Education Leadership (K-12)



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