Student mobility effects on academic achievement in grade school students

Kristi R Robinson, Tennessee State University


Student mobility has been on the rise in the United States. Although mobility occurs for different reasons for different age groups and ethnicities, research shows that the statistics for young children in school are similar to those for the general population (Bracey, 1997). This study focused on the student mobility rates in grade school students and how it affects their academic achievement as compared to their stable counterparts. The researcher studied this topic to determine if there is a significant difference in academic achievement between mobile and stable students with ethnicity and socioeconomic status as variables. Subjects consisted of two randomly selected groups of African American and Caucasian students in grades four through eight (N = 213) in the Tate County School System in Senatobia, MS. One-way and two-way ANOVAs were conducted to compare the groups. For Hypothesis 1 there was no significant difference when comparing mobile students to stable students on their academic achievement. For Hypothesis 2, although there was no significant difference when comparing the two groups from low socioeconomic families on their academic achievement in Mathematics, there was a significant difference between the two groups in their academic achievement in Language Arts. (p < .011). For Hypothesis 3, when comparing socioeconomically disadvantaged African American and Caucasian students, there was no significant difference in their academic achievement.

Subject Area

Elementary education

Recommended Citation

Kristi R Robinson, "Student mobility effects on academic achievement in grade school students" (2012). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3540662.