Attitudes Of School Personnel Toward A Meritorious School Incentive Program In Relation To Student Achievement, Attendance, And Dropout Rate

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Doctor of Education (Educat.D.)


Educational Administration


Background. Merit pay, in its many forms, has been called one of the most controversial, divisive ideas in United States education. Yet, a total-school incentive program that is based on the concept of teamwork and is endorsed by the educational bargaining unit would appear to have the potential to affect positively student academic performance and attendance.Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which school staff attitudes toward a meritorious school incentive program were correlated with relative gain in student achievement and improvement in student attendance and dropout rate.Procedures. A questionnaire to assess school staff attitudes was developed based on the unique features of the meritorious schools program under study.Research questions and hypotheses were developed to address whether attitudes of school personnel toward the program were correlated with student achievement, attendance, or dropout rate. Subsidiary attention was directed to an assessment of whether attitude differences were related to role, level, or specific program features.Findings. Analysis indicated there was no significant correlation between attitudes on the instrument as a whole or its identified subscales and student achievement, attendance, or dropout rate. Similarly, no relationship was found between various factors comprising the instrument and the levels of personnel or their roles.Conclusion. Based on the research questions, hypotheses, and findings, and taking into account the limitations of the study, the following conclusions were drawn: (1) Attitudes of staff toward a schoolwide incentive program are not related to students' academic performance. (2) Attitudes of staff toward a schoolwide incentive program are not related to student attendance or dropout rates.


Education, Administration

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