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The effects of a study hall intervention program on the academic achievement and promotion ceremony participation rates of at-risk eight-grade students

Middle school may present the last opportunity to identify struggling students and help them get on track to succeed in school. This study investigated the effects of a study hall intervention program on the academic achievement and promotion ceremony participation rates of at-risk eighth-grade students. Forty at-risk eighth-grade students who participated in a study hall intervention program during the 2015–2016 school year were compared with 51 at-risk eighth-grade students who did not participate in a study hall intervention program during the 2014–2015 school year. A chi-square test of independence was conducted on the promotion ceremony participation rates of both groups to determine if there was a significant difference in the distribution of promotion ceremony participation rates. An independent t-test was conducted on the cumulative grade point averages (GPA) for both groups to determine if there was a significant difference in student achievement. Through statistical analysis, this author found that there was a significant difference in both promotion participation rates and GPA. The results suggest that a study hall intervention program implemented early in the year may be an effective intervention for increasing the promotion ceremony participation rates and academic achievement of at-risk eighth-grade students.

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