School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Zero, Tolerance, Policy, Violations
Education | Educational Leadership
Roberson, Anthony J., "Predictors of Zero Tolerance Policy Violations Among High School and Middle School Students" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2168.
This study embarked on identifying social and economic variables to predict violations of zero tolerance policies. The objective of this study was to identify a set of variables that may predict circumstance that lead a student to violate zero tolerance policies. This study explored whether a set of five risk factors: (i) grade level, (ii) retention, (iii) suspension, (iv) race, and (v) gender can predict the criterion variable, zero tolerance policies violation. The research design supports the examination of the null hypothesis of no predictive relationship between the predictor variables grade level, suspension, race, and gender and the criterion variable which is the violation of zero tolerance policies for middle and high school students. In this correlation research study, archival data was collected from the greater metro region of a northeastern state public school database for two school years: 2014-2015 and 2017-2018. Students were drawn from three middle schools and one high school in the district. A multiple linear regression was conducted to determine which of the independent variables: grade level, suspension, race, and gender are predictors of the violation of zero tolerance policies for middle school and high school students. The findings of the statistical analysis provided an understanding of which set of risk factor variables can predict zero tolerance policy violations among middle school and high school students.