School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Pamela Moore


McKinney-Vento Act, homeless, Every Student Succeed Act, at-risk, high-risk, Homeless/Highly mobile, homelessness, grades, attendance


Counseling | Education


The research was designed to evaluate the effects of homelessness on student outcomes in the area of attendance and academics. Studies showed a higher percentage of families who identify as homeless over the past two decades. As a result, the federal McKinney-Vento Act was formulated to help target those students and families who struggle with adequate housing. However, the premise of the McKinney-Vento Act does not extend beyond providing such services. In the arena of academics and attendance, little educational data has been researched to combat the possible struggles students possess particularly in the areas of reading and math. Notably, homelessness did have a contributing factor to the overall student’s academic success, school day attendance, and the self-esteem of individuals who undergo such status. A review of elementary student data derived from various research indicated a need for further exploration in the secondary school-aged setting. This paper evaluated the significance of homelessness on academics and attendance within the secondary setting. Participants were randomly selected within the archival study.