School Attendance and Its Relation to Senior High School Achievement

Matthew J Murray, Fordham University


As the result of this study of attendance and its effect upon high school achievement, the following conclusions are presented: 1. There is an appreciable negative correlation for all groups between absence and achievement. 2. As intelligence increases the correlation between absence and achievement decreases. 3. The Dull Absent Group has the greatest range in correlations and the Bright Absent Group has the least~ with that of the Normal Absent Group between these two. 4. In every subject the Dull Absent Group was absent an average greater number of days than any other group. 5. History for the Dull Absent Group 1 English for the Normal Absent Group, and modern languages for the Bright Absent Group are the subjects which, more than any other subjects, depend upon regularity of attendance for success. 6. In every subject the mean percentage of group failure is highest in the Dull Absent Group, and lowest in the Bright Absent Group. 7. Speculation would lead one to believe that absence haw a greater effect upon achievement in mathematics than upon achievement in history. Such is not the case. Absence affects achievement more in history than in mathematics.

Subject Area

Secondary education|Educational evaluation|Educational psychology|Behavioral psychology

Recommended Citation

Murray, Matthew J, "School Attendance and Its Relation to Senior High School Achievement" (1934). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29282585.