Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Virginia Foley

Committee Members

Bill Flora,Don Good,Elizabeth Likis-Werle


The purpose of this study was to examine the difference in student success by retained students who participate in the Hamblen County (Tennessee) Credit Recovery Program [HCCRP] in the year prior and following their participation. HCCRP is an alternative intervention for students who have been retained in the middle grades of Hamblen County School System. Student success was defined and assessed in the areas of academic proficiency, discipline, and student absenteeism. Student information regarding each area was obtained from the Hamblen County School System, coded, and analyzed through quantitative testing.

This study was guided by 8 research questions and 8 corresponding null hypotheses. Five of the null hypotheses were tested for significance using a paired sample t tests, 2 were tested using a chi square testing, and 1 was tested using a single sample t test. The population of this study was 94 students who had participated in the HCCRP in the 2010- 2012 school years.

The analysis of data showed no significant difference in student science scores, number of discipline referrals, or absenteeism in comparing the year prior and the year following the students’ participation in HCCRP. The paired sample t test did reveal significant increases in both student math and reading/language arts scores. A chi squared test showed a significant number of low socioeconomic students within the population. Additionally, a single sample t test showed a significantly higher number of days students missed prior to attending HCCRP and the acceptable level of absenteeism. The result of this study indicates that students who have attended HCCRP as an alternative to grade level retention benefited academically in math and reading/language arts.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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