Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


The purpose of this study was to determine sex equity compliance and sex equity achievement in athletic programs in grades 5-8 and 9-12 attendance centers in the eight county area served by Illinois Educational Service Center #13. Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties were included in the study. An 18 question survey instrument, keyed to the 1990 Illinois Sex Equity Rules, was sent to building administrators in all attendance centers in the eight county area that contained grades 5-8 and/or 9-12. The survey asked administrators to provide, by grade and gender, numerical information on student participation, number of sports offered, and the number of assistant coaches available to boys and girls in athletic programs offered in their schools. Administrators were also asked to provide information on athletic budgets, the conducting of student athletic interest surveys, coaches' salaries, availability of facilities and equipment, and the scheduling of practices and competitions. Results of the survey were analyzed to descriptively assess the status of sex equity in boy's and girl's athletic programs in the schools surveyed.

The study concludes that sex equity has generally been achieved in athletic programs at schools surveyed. However, social attitudes and administrative complacency may be impeding full compliance with sex equity mandates.