A Quantitative Study on Credit Recovery Curricula for Improving High School Graduation Rates

A Quantitative Study on Credit Recovery Curricula for Improving High School Graduation Rates

Author: 
Barbara A. Vaiana
Program of study: 
Ed.D./ET
Abstract: 
A quantitative, ex post facto causal comparative study methods was used to determine the impacts of implementing credit recovery into high school curricula on graduation rates. A thematic literature review described the particular areas of the literature and research purpose. The target sample was Illinois high school districts with and without credit recovery programs implemented and for years 2007-2010 pre-implementation and years 2011-2014 post-implementation. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was conducted to test the multiple continuous dependent variables, high school graduation rates and the hypotheses regarding the effect of credit recovery programs on graduation rates. Results indicated there was no statistically significant difference between groups even when controlling for attendance. Recommendations and suggestions for future research were provided.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to all the students in which I have encountered over the years who felt graduation attainment was beyond them. I have learned through my own journey and from this dissertation process nothing comes easy without knowledge, hard work, and perseverance. I further dedicate this dissertation to my mother, Theresa Monroe who has taught me that nothing in life is unattainable. You have taught me the importance of reaching my goals and the value of family as it pertains to staying strong especially during the times when I just wanted to give up. You helped me to be strong and realize that life can be meaningless if there were no obstacles to keep us challenging ourselves. I also dedicate this to my sons Anthony, Joey, and Michael as I hope that you now understand that I went through this long journey to pave the way for yours. I pray you follow my lead and find yourselves on a pathway to great success and continuous educational attainment. Finally, I dedicate this dissertation to my family and friends who have always provided me with the encouragement I needed to never give up. I especially want to dedicate this dissertation to Donna Marie Rouette, the best friend anyone can have when obstacles continuously entered my path, you have been there through all the ups and downs this dissertation journey has been for me. You have assured me when I felt defeated that better days are coming and giving up was never an option.
Acknowledgements: 
I would first like to express extreme gratitude to my dissertation chair, Dr. Marilyn Dickey, for providing the professional guidance and assistance needed for completing my dissertation. Her knowledge and support contributed greatly to my success. Dr. Dickey was always available for responding to questions, concerns, and solutions when I needed her. She is a person of great strength, and in which I felt extremely comfortable with sharing my disappointments in the processes for approval. She was always encouraging and resourceful. I cannot express my gratitude for having her on my side. I also would like to thank Dr. Scarbrenia Lockhart and Dr. Steele-Moses for serving on my committee and providing me with support and expertise toward helping me complete my dissertation and finish my doctoral journey. Thank you both for providing feedback and guidance. Thank you to Dr. Steele-Moses for taking on this task when I was struggling to find that third member to join my committee. I deeply appreciate all the hard work and dedication you have provided me as I struggled to complete the dissertation analysis. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to my family, my sons, and husband who have had to bear through my struggles of long and late hours of writing, missed time together, dissertation obstacles, and disappointments. Thank you for your support and sacrifices to help me through this journey.