School saftey [sic], student achievement, and attendance

During the 2010-11 school year about 70% of the students at a local Southern California comprehensive high school earned at least one D or F grade; this makes them ineligible for acceptance to the University of California system of colleges. This study focused on students who earned a combined total of one, two, or three D or F grades and were absent at least 10% of the 2010-11 school year. Students who met this criteria were given the safety questions from the California Healthy Kids Survey to determine if their answers were significantly different from the overall school population. The hypothesis was that there would be a significant difference between the sample group and the overall student body population. Once the survey was administered to the sample, an independent sample t-test was preformed to compare the sample responses to the responses from the freshman and juniors during the 2010-11 school year. The analysis showed that only seven of the thirty-one questions showed a significant difference when comparing the sample to either the 9or 11grade data and three of the questions showed a trend towards being significantly different. The students involved in the study were also asked open-ended questions to determine if the students believe that school safety played a factor in their grades and attendance. A majority of the students said that school safety did not play a factor in their grades and attendance; factors the students gave included family issues and laziness