Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1985

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Lloyd M. Gabriel

Second Committee Member

Byron L. DeShaw

Third Committee Member

Larry Wald


The effectiveness of Project HOPE, an acronym for Helping Our People Educationally, was tested to determine if improved academic achievement would result from an after-school study hall. Intended for ninth grade students that fall behind because of uncompleted daily work and missed assignments, Project HOPE was created to give students "a last chance." It was thought that daily work scores would rise and that students would realize an overall increase in their final course grades. The actual experiment was run from November 19, 1984 until January 17, 1985. The experimental group was the writer's tenth grade English class. Despite improvements by students that might be considered high-risk for failure, the overall class performance was not significant. This was calculated through the use of a t test for independent related samples.