Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Science in Educational Administration


According to statistics of the United States Office of Education, in each 100 pupils enrolled in the elementary and secondary school, approximately 15 are absent daily} that is, the percentage of average daily attendance is approximately 85> and the percentage of non-attendance is approximately 15.

Without the combined efforts of parents, teachers, and other members of the community, it is agreed among educators that irregular attendance will continue to grow.

"Changing state aid from a population to attendance basis causes schools to pay more attention to slow and problem pupils," said Sturgeon, who is on leave as superintendent of New Boston Schools. "These often were discouraged from coming to school."

"Now a child is worth 90^ to the school every day he comes to class," said Sturgeon. "Principals no longer jump for joy when the problem child quits school. They're trying to help them along."

Prior to the enactment of the Gilmer-Aiken laws in Texas, emphasis was placed on census enumeration, as census enumeration was the basis for the allocation of money and teachers in the public schools of Texas. Since the enactment of the Gilmer-Aiken laws, more emphasis is being placed on attendance, as attendance is being used as the chief basis for allocation of money and teachers in the public schools of Texas.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. M. Drew


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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