Date of Award

January 2021

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Bill Phillips

Department Affiliation

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Second Advisor

Raymond A. Lauk

Department Affiliation

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Third Advisor

Charles E. Myers

Department Affiliation

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership


The research study was conducted to analyze effect of an attendance support team in urban middle schools. The study utilized a six-month time window using students in three middle schools that accumulated five unexcused absences. The attendance support team was comprised of a school social worker, a family resource student support coordinator, a district-level director of pupil personnel, and a court-designated worker from family court. The function of this team was to share attendance policies, requirements, and mitigate barriers through system support to increase regular attendance for students. The research was analyzed to measure the effect on gender, grade level, and to determine if there was significance in average daily attendance funding between the intervention year and the previous year. A final analysis was conducted to measure the filed habitual truancy petitions for students in family court in the intervention year compared with the non-intervention year. The research, analysis, and further study recommendations will be used to make revisions, improvements, and systemic levels of support needed to support student regular attendance and improve learning opportunities.