Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr.Olivia Bogg


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between teacher attitude and student failure rate, teacher attitude and teacher discipline referrals, and teacher discipline referrals and student failure rate.

Twenty Atlanta Public School teachers were selected to participate in the study. Consideration for selection was made on the basis of teacher discipline referrals, exemplary classroom management, and low and high failure rate.

Data were compiled for each teacher in three areas, namely, teacher attitude, the number of discipline referrals and their failure rates for one semester. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was the statistical procedure used to analyze data.

The findings of this study indicated that there was no significant correlation between teacher attitude and discipline referrals; between teacher attitude and failure rate. However, the study did conclude that there was a significant positive correlation between student failure rate and discipline referrals.

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