The Influence of Character Education on Student Behavior and Student Academic Achievement in Texas Character Plus Middle Schools
Prior research indicates that character education programs may have an influence on student behavior and academic achievement. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of character education programs on student behavior and student academic achievement in Texas middle schools identified as "Character Plus" schools by the state. Fifty-five Character Plus middle schools (grade 7 through grade 8) and a comparison group of 55 middle schools that had not implemented character education programs since 2001 were selected for inclusion in the study. To be included in the study, the Character Plus middle schools had to have continuously met criteria for implementation of state-approved character education program from 2003 to 2007. The data for the study included 2006-2007 eighth-grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores for reading and mathematics ; student behavior variables, percentage of students with disciplinary placements, students' attendance rates, students' drop-out rates, and percentage of students at risk, and control variables percentage of limited English proficient students, percentage of economically disadvantaged students, and percentage of instructional expenditure per student.
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