Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Ganga Persaud

Second Advisor

Dr.Tervor Turner

Third Advisor

Dr. Edward Williams


The purpose of this study was to determine if a correlation exists between the academic self-concept of placed ninth grade students and their perceptions of demographic and school related factors in a metropolitan Atlanta school. Ninth grade students classified as “placed” are those that did not meet the proficiency standard as measured by the eighth grade Georgia Criterion Reference Competency Tests (CRCT) but were still promoted (placed) to the ninth grade. Academic self-concept was measured by student perception data. Surveys were administered to 158 placed ninth grade students during the 2008-2009 school year. The independent variables were—Demographic: age, parent quality, socioeconomic status and gender, and School-Related: teacher methodology, student absence, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, learner disposition, and class climate.

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