Character Education in Texas Middle Schools: An Analysis of Student Achievement, Attendance, and Discipline

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Fall 2013


Character education has been a part of education since the early settlers in America (McClellan, 1999). The history of the United States tells the challenges faced such as revolutionary wars, civil wars, world wars, and economic downfalls. George Washington (1790) once said, 'A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.' The purpose of this study was to compare character education in Texas middle schools to non-character education middle schools when analyzing student achievement, attendance, and disciplinary referrals. The researcher collected data from the schools chosen at random from the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) under the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with the primary focus being the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS). State assessments, attendance and discipline referrals were the dependent variables conducted within three one-way ANOVAS to determine if any significant differences exist.


Maria Hinojosa

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision