Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


Nonattendance has historically been a problem for teachers and administrators. Only recently has the effect of self-esteem and attendance been the focus of serious research. This study was conducted at Assumption High School, Assumption Community School District #9, Assumption, Illinois. The study encompassed those students in grades 9 through 12 for attendance purposes in the school year 1990-1991. Those students who were added or dropped during the given school year were not included in the study. Since this research involved some of the factors of ten associated with nonattendance of high school students, all of the students continuously enrolled from August 23, 1990, until the end of the 1991 school year at Assumption High School were included in this study. Data analysis was designed to determine the relationship of school attendance and self-esteem. Gathering attendance information, recording it, and analyzing it from attendance records from the school year 1989-1990 determined and compared the extent of nonattendance days at Assumption High School. Administering Harter's 1988 Self Perception Profile for Adolescents during the 1990-1991 school year did determine that there appeared to be a relationship between nonattendance and self-esteem. Statistically significant data were then determined, and an evaluation of current procedures and practices was reviewed with the option of implementing alternate procedures and practices to reduce nonattendance and to enhance self-esteem during the 1991-1992 school year at Assumption High School.