Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeanne L. Surface

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter J. Smith

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Neal F. Grandgenett


The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of poverty on the achievement of African American male high school students attending the same large Midwest urban school district. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the tenth grade level were compared to the level of poverty provided through census data of African American male tenth grade high school students (N = 162) and compared again two years later using cumulative GPA of the same African American male students at graduation. Standardized achievement test scores, PLAN test taken in the fall of the tenth grade year and ACT test taken during the twelfth grade year, were compared to poverty levels to explore if there is a correlation between the scores and poverty level.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright. 2013 Amy L. Welch.

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