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Master of Science

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This study grew out of a consideration of the fact that out of an average enrollment of 4,128 pupils for the past five years the average high school graduation class had only 163 members. At the 1944 session of the Texas State Teachers Association, the State Supervisor of Schools pointed out that the small number of Negro high school graduates was due to the low percentage of attendance in both the elementary and secondary schools. In the light of these considerations it is the thought of the writer that if the causes for which low attendances can be found, a much larger number of boys and girls may be encouraged to remain in school long enough to graduate from high school. The causes may also suggest remedies for improving the curriculum to meet the needs of the boys and girls.

The problem involved in this study finds expression in a series of questions: 1. What is the status of attendance of the Negro school children in Fort Worth, Texas? 2. Is the status of school attendance of the Negro school children in Fort Worth, Texas similar to the status of the children in the state and in the nation? 3. What are the causes of irregular attendance?1

This study aims to find some of the underlying causes of irregular attendance in Negro Public Schools of Fort Worth, and to interpret them so that the average teacher may be able to use the results in improving school attendance. It may also be used as a guide for individuals who are making similar studies, and may be used as a basis for making recommendations based upon attendance.

1Irregular attendance in this study will mean the absence of a pupil from school one or more days.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. M. Drew


Prairie View A&M College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View




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