The Impact of family issues: How does this affect the child's academic grades? Shalonda Blue December 10, 2010 Dr. Childress The Impact of family issues: How does this affect the child's academic grades? 1 Shalonda Blue 1 December 10, 2010 1 Dr. Childress 1 7 Chapter 1 8 Introduction 8 Problem Statement 8 There is a long history in the United States of numerous school researchers investigating the causes for a student to have a low academic performance on standard tests…
According to ERIC Digest, a student’s family upbringing and economic status have an effect on the student’s performance level (Zill, Collins, West, and Hausken, 1995). They could also base their decision on how that student’s teacher teaches his or her class. Since there is no definite reason for why some student’s performance rate is low, researchers are still puzzled on reasons to explain such differences in scores. One factor that has been on the rise lately is the divorce and layoffs that the children have to go through in their homes. 8 This study hypothesizes that students coming from traditional (household with both original parents) families seem to do better than non-traditional families. My study will examine a mixed church youth group whose members will bring in their previous EOC or EOG scores. When comparing the scores the main factor will be to look at their family structure to explain the change in academic achievement and its link with the changes in family structures. 8 Whilst doing this research, if there is tremendous difference in the academic achievement of the two groups, then the president of the church’s youth committee will use the results of the study to create an after-school program to assist students in their school work and cope with the family changes in their home. The after-school program will consist of: after-school tutoring, counseling sessions, and a mentoring program. 8 Purpose 9 This study is designed to identify whether there are differences in EOC and EOG test scores of students from traditional households and students from divorced and/or low income households. The students to be studied are members church youth group in North Carolina. 9 The church under study has a tradition of recognizing and praising excelling for acquiring good grades and good scores on their end of year testing. Over the years, there has been a decrease in the students attaining high achievements in school and we want to help these students get back on a track. Some reasons for the decrease could be that someone in the students’ immediate families has lost his or her job, undergone divorce, or have lost a husband or wife. The purpose of this study will be to determine whether the children are suffering in their school because of the issues and changes in their homes. 9 Research Question 9 There will be only one research question. The research question is: Are student’s overall test scores affected by family issues such as divorce, parental death or low income in their homes? 9 Assumption 9 For the purposes of this research, the researcher assumes that participants will provide accurate information in regards to their economic status and family issues. The researcher also assumes that the student’s end-of-grade testing scores and grades are legitimate and official. 9 Delimitations 9 The data from this study will be collected from a Church in North Carolina. No other students will be allowed to participate in this study. To measure the students' academic performance, the researcher will examine the students' previous overall grades and end of year testing scores. 9 Limitations 10 The basic determination of the students' family structure will be made on the basis of information provided to me, the youth ...
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