Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Master of History


For many years educators have realized the importance of regular attendance. Many studies have been made to determine why children do not attend school regularly. The factors causing or contributing to poor attendance are so many and so interrelated that the isolation of the real factors seems to be impossible. Hence, the solving of a problem of this type can only be accomplished by the effort of many people.

Many of the studies that are made concerning attendance deal primarily with the influence of absence upon academic success or scholarship. This type of study does not try to determine why pupils do not regularly attend school. Educators and the public need to know why pupils are absent. Only when these facts have been determined will it be possible to begin a solution to the problem of improving attendance.

The attendance problem of East Baton Rouge Parish Negro Rural Schools is one of the most serious problems confronting the school system. During our East Baton Rouge Negro Rural Teachers Institute meetings, we have discussed this problem. Host of the teachers claims that poor attendance is the chief cause for poor grades. Two years ago the assistant superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish School Board said in a meeting that the rural schools would get nine months of school instead of seven if the attendance was improved.

Committee Chair/Advisor

John H. Windom

Committee Member


Committee Member

H. E. Wright


Prairie View State Normal And Industrial College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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