Term of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Russell Mays

Committee Member 1

Gerard J. Burke

Committee Member 2

Paul Brinson Jr.


The purpose of this study is to determine whether a relationship exists between the implementation of a mandatory uniform policy in an urban public middle school and student attendance rates (as measured by the schools yearly progress report collected by the state Board of Education). Four schools serving students in grades 6-8 in an urban school district in Georgia were included in this study.

Three comparisons were used to determine whether or not and, if so, the extent to which the relationships existed. Some qualitative and quantitative measures were utilized in the design of this mixed method study. These methods were used as control for other plausible explanations for improvements in school attendance rates; to measure a school without an implemented mandatory uniforms policy; and to measure the schools with employed mandatory uniform policies’ attendance rates. Analyses employed ANOVA and t-tests with Z-Score tests for small sample size.

Through these three comparisons, a pattern emerged that indicated the implementation of mandatory uniforms in public schools has a positive relationship with student attendance rates.

Research Data and Supplementary Material