The Impact of Athletic Participation on Academic Achievement for At Risk Adolescents
The positive connection between participation in high school athletics and academic success has been demonstrated time and again. Although studies on the subject show mixed results, the majority of these studies indicate that students who participate in high school athletics tend to perform not only better in the classroom, but also tend to be more successful in life. So, why are athletic participation numbers for at-risk high school students consistently lower than their peers? In the 2018-2019 school year, over 7.9 million students (56%) participated in some sort of school related sports, but only 27.5% of students from families with annual incomes lower than $25,000 participate in school related sports. There are a number of factors that may be contributing to the lower number of participants, but one compelling reason is the increased number of schools having to resort to a “pay to play” system to compensate for budget cuts. Some stakeholders, such as coaches, parents, teachers, and administrators, believe that athletics should be considered a part of the curriculum, so charging students a fee to play athletics violates their right to a free education, and therefore may be unconstitutional. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that participation in high school athletics is not a fundamental right. Both sides of the argument have valid claims, but if the overall goal of education is to prepare students for adult life, and research has supported over and over again that participation in school sports has such a positive effect on students, then why would they not be available for any student who wanted to play? The students who are affected the most by this are from households that cannot afford the fees, and, unfortunately, they are the same students who tend to struggle more in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between the high school athletic participation of at-risk students and their academic performance. This study investigated any academic effects of athletic participation on both male and female students. Through the analyzing of ACT Aspire, ACT, Forward test score data from one high school, this study examined whether there was any possible academic advantage for participating in high school athletics. This study used a quantitative research design which was useful in determining the correlation between test scores and the participants involved in athletic activities. The paired t-statistical test was found to be appropriate for this study due to its ability to enable the researcher to compare measurements obtained from various participants at different times. On examining the results of this study, it is noted that although the students who participated in athletics had higher average scores on the ACT Aspire, ACT, and Forward exams than those students who did not participate, the difference in average scores between the athletes and the non-athlete groups was not statistically significant for a difference in overall test scores in the core subjects of English Language Arts, and Mathematics between the athletes and the non-athlete students.
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