The Application Of School Uniform Policies And Fifth Grade Reading Achievement

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Exploring the Relationship between the Application of School Uniform Policies and Third Grade Reading Achievement in United States Public Schools
I. Introduction
The motives for the implementation of dress code policies in United States public educational institutions have transformed since the earliest examples of the 19th century. In 1894, the announcement of uniform requirements for students at South Carolina’s Winthrop Normal and Industrial College was a push to eliminate sartorial distinctions among members of different social classes (Bodine, 2003). More recently, however, dress codes are applied for reasons relating to school safety and academic achievement. Beginning in the 1980’s dress codes have become more widely viewed as an institutional tool used to discourage gang participation, violence, and peer pressure in order to create an environment which cultivates educational progressions (Bodine, 2003). The collective of literature is inconclusive with regards to the importance of dress code as they relate to academic achievement as data findings vary greatly in their claims of the behavior of the relationship.
Previous research has lead to the presentation of ideas regarding this topic but incite criticisms. An early study indicates that schools are impressively safer as a result of implementing school uniform policies with district data indicating that the number of reported crimes decreased drastically in the first following year with sex offenses decreasing 74%…

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