Date of Award

Spring 4-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Sherrie Wisdom

Second Advisor

Dr. Shawn Poyser

Third Advisor

Dr. Randy Caffey

Abstract

This quantitative study was conducted to determine military-connected families' perceptions concerning Family Support, School Climate, and Family Engagement after implementing the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity (Astor et al., 2012). Further, this study aimed to determine whether there were significant differences between the districts participating in the study. Two school districts participated in this study. One school district had a student population of greater than 25% military-connected, and one had a population of less than 25%. A third district, which was 100%, chose not to participate in the study due to personnel's stressors on their garrison caused by the global pandemic. The first part of the study consisted of the participants completing three portions of the School Family Relationships Survey (Panorama Education; 2015) on Family Support, School Climate, and Family Engagement. The second part of this research study was to conduct a statistical analysis, MANOVA, to compare the mean scores of the dependent variables to each other to test the hypotheses represented in this study. The results were analyzed to determine if statistically significant differences were present between variable mean scores. The statistical analysis results revealed the dependent variable means were similar, regardless of the percentage of military-connected families in a particular school district. The variance of means was not statistically significant. For this reason, the researcher chose not to reject the Null Hypotheses and supported the Hypotheses.

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