Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Human Development, Consumer and Family Sciences


A rapidly changing society and workforce are forcing many to question the American educational system. The questions and debate surrounding education are leading to a variety of possible solutions. One solution to evaluate education that is at the forefront is the utilization of academic achievement tests as a measure of a child 's educational attainment. A study of the contributions vocational technical education programs make to academic achievement test scores could provide valuable guidance for future mandates in education. The purpose of this study was to explore the significance of having taken family and consumer sciences courses on a student's academic achievement test score. The study included 56 school districts in South Dakota. Data was obtained from SAT-9 test scores and teacher self-questionnaires. The results indicate that there is no significant relationship of student attainment in math, language arts or science on an academic achievement test with student enrollment in family and consumer sciences (approved, unapproved or no enrollment) program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Home economics -- Study and teaching (Middle school) Family life education Consumer education Academic achievement



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South Dakota State University