Isaac Collin

Date of Award

Fall 8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Jackie D. Ramey

Second Advisor

Dr. Kevin Winslow

Third Advisor

Dr. Terry Stewart


In this study rates of recidivism and their relationship with mathematics and reading comprehension will be analyzed. In the literature, a full comprehensive study of high school mathematics and reading was taught without the implementation of a watered-down academic curriculum. In order for detention center students to benefit from a detention center education they need instructors to expose them to state academic standards. The research questions guiding this study included 1) Is there a significant difference in the achievement scores in mathematics and reading skills and abilities based on the rates of recidivism at XYZ Detention Center, 2) Do XYZ Detention Center juveniles who have lower mathematical and reading skills and abilities experience higher rates of recidivism, than their counterparts, who have higher levels of mathematical/reading comprehension with lower rates of recidivism?, and 3) Do students with higher recidivism rates have higher accuracy and ability to determine their daily learning in mathematics and reading? The investigator analyzed self-assessment Likert surveys that the instructors gave to students to rate their level of understanding of the week’s lessons. The self-assessment surveys provided students a window into their level of understanding and comprehension. The instructors distributed a Likert-Scale once a week to each student. Several themes unfolded from the analysis of the data: a) Students achieved sizeable growth in pre-and post-inventory results, b) Trauma Informed Teaching had a significant impact on academic results. The overall results from the examination of each dataset demonstrated an increasing trend in the direction of growth in both mathematical iii and verbal understanding. Practitioners may benefit from further study that examines additional detention centers inclusive of less rural areas such as suburban facilities.


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