Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   High Stakes Testing Effects Dropout Rates
Author:   Ann S. Dodd
College:   Graduate College of Education and Professional Development
Degree Program:   School Psychology, Ed.S.
Degree:   Education Specialist
Committee Director:   Fred Jay Krieg, Ph.D.
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   07/2007

Since the inception of No Child Left Behind, it has been argued that high stakes testing leads to a higher dropout rate. High stakes testing can cause anxiety, stress and fear in students when the results determine whether or not they are able to be promoted to the next grade or to graduate from high school. The dropout rates for the two years before and the three years after the high stake test (WESTEST) was implemented in West Virginia were examined to establish if there had been any effect on these rates. Results indicate no significant difference in dropout rates between pre and post high stakes test. Implications of these findings for future research are discussed.  

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