Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson

Second Advisor

Christopher Johnstone


This study was created to determine if students at the middle school level would exhibit an increase in quarter grades in the areas of reading and mathematics throughout the year if they received mentoring from school personnel. In addition to student grades, attendance and behavior referrals throughout the year were also examined. This study involved fifty-two students in the study group and sixty-six students in the control group, all of whom attended the same public middle school in southeast Minnesota. Data were collected by school office personnel and was analyzed using the t-tests (to compare average means for analyzing academic grades) and Microsoft Excel (to average attendance and behavior referrals). This study concluded that although there was interesting anecdotal data, the data were not statistically significant. The data did show that the mentees were absent less total days and achieved slightly higher math grades than those in the control group.


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