December 4, at I am very surprised to see how little a uniform helps in terms of academics.
Do they really improve student achievement, behavior? By Denise-Marie Ordway Decades ago, uniforms were mostly worn by students who went to private or parochial schools. But as local school boards have focused more on improving standardized test scores and campus safety, a growing number have begun requiring school uniforms — typically, a polo shirt of a particular color paired with navy or khaki pants, skirts or shorts.
Meanwhile, school administrators say uniforms help eliminate gang-related styles and logos. They also make it easier to spot a stranger on campus. Years ago, parents also complained that it was difficult to find uniforms, but that ceased to be an issue after large chain stores like Target and Wal-Mart began selling them.
School officials do not always consult academic research before they put a plan on the table. Reporters may also want to examine reports on uniform use from the NCES, which collects and reports data related to school uniforms, dress codes and book bags in public schools.
International Journal of Educational Management, This study examines test scores and student behavior in the United States, Canada and 37 other countries to determine whether uniforms affect student discipline. The researchers found that the highest-performing students are the most disciplined.
Journal of Urban Economics,Vol. Using a unique dataset from a large urban school district in the southwest United States, we assess how uniforms affect behavior, achievement and other outcomes.
Each school in the district determines adoption independently, providing variation over schools and time.
By including student and school fixed-effects we find evidence that uniform adoption improves attendance in secondary grades, while in elementary schools they generate large increases in teacher retention.
Journal of School Violence, Researchers asked students at an urban middle school in Nevada what they thought of having to wear uniforms. Their public school had adopted a uniform policy after staff members became frustrated with the earlier dress code policy, which resulted in girls wearing revealing clothing and boys wearing shirts with inappropriate messages and images.
The vast majority of students said they dislike uniforms, although some agreed there were benefits. Also, fewer females than males got detention for not wearing a uniform or for wearing a uniform inappropriately.
Educational Policy,Vol. Proponents argue that uniforms can make schools safer and also improve school attendance and increase student achievement. Opponents contend that uniforms have not been proven to work and may be an infringement on the freedom of speech of young people.
Within an econometric framework, this study examines the effect of school uniforms on student achievement. It tackles methodological challenges through the use of a value-added functional form and the use of multiple data sets.
The results do not suggest any significant association between school uniform policies and achievement.
The Journal of Educational Research,Vol. Proponents of such reform measures emphasize the benefits of student uniforms on specific behavioral and academic outcomes.
Tenth-grade data from The National Educational Longitudinal Study of was used to test empirically the claims made by uniform advocates. The findings indicate that student uniforms have no direct effect on substance use, behavioral problems, or attendance.
Contrary to current discourse, the authors found a negative effect of uniforms on student academic achievement.Schools that have implemented school uniforms have seen an increase in student’s academic performance.
Many educators believe that students who wear school uniforms perform better academically in school. CLEVELAND - A study of six big-city Ohio public schools showed students who were required to wear uniforms had improved graduation, behavior and attendance rates.
Academic performance was unchanged. The researcher, Virginia Draa of Youngstown State University, said the conclusions were limited by the size of the study released .
Summary: Researchers asked students at an urban middle school in Nevada what they thought of having to wear uniforms. Their public school had adopted a uniform policy after staff members became frustrated with the earlier dress code policy, which resulted in girls wearing revealing clothing and boys wearing shirts with inappropriate messages.
Wearing a uniform improves pupils' behaviour both inside and outside school, a study suggests. Having a uniform helps to reduce bullying in school, makes children better behaved outside the school gates and even aids concentration in class, researchers said.
"Uniforms alone do not improve student reading and math proficiency test scores, but they do help in addressing problems with discipline and attendance in a school building," Draa said. According to the US Department of Education, wearing a uniform can decrease the risk of violence and theft, instill discipline and help school officials recognize intruders who come to the school..
As a former teacher, principal and superintendent and now a policy and law scholar, I am skeptical about such claims. Research on the effects of school uniforms is still nascent.