J. Jacob Kirksey
PhD Candidate & NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Contributor, chapter “Schools as Sanctuaries; Examining the Relationship Between Immigration Enforcement and Absenteeism Rates for Immigrant-Origin Children”.
Contributor, chapter “Conceptualizing the Intricacies that are Concomitant in Educational Policymaking that Determines Success, Backfire, and Everything in Between”.
Familiar Faces: Can Having Similar Classmates from Last Year Link to Better School Attendance This Year?
This study uses district data to explore whether the percentage of familiar faces is associated with absence outcomes for students. The findings suggest that having familiar faces from the previous school year was linked to lower numbers of unexcused absences and lower odds of chronic absenteeism.
General Education Teachers’ Math Instructional Practices In Kindergarten Classrooms With And Without Students With Emotional And Behavioral Disabilities
Including students with disabilities in general education, classrooms is a priority nationwide, but little is known whether classroom compositions have implications for frequencies of classroom activities. This study focuses on kindergarten classrooms that do and do not have students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBDs).
Policy and practice have charged forward with emphasizing the necessity to reduce school absenteeism in the fall (i.e., Attendance Awareness Month). However, no empirical basis served to bolster these efforts. This study examined whether fall versus spring absenteeism was linked to spring state exam scores for a sample of elementary students over 3 years.
Does The Presence Of A Classmate With Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Link To Other Students’ Absences In Kindergarten?
In recent decades, there has been a policy push for including students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Little is known, however, on the effects that this classroom compositional change may have on other students. This study focuses on the increased presence of classmates with emotional/behavioral disabilities (
Academic Harms of Missing High School and the Accuracy of Current Policy Thresholds: Analysis of Pre-Registered Administrative Data from a California School District – AERA Open (Conditional Acceptance)
Same-Race Student-Teacher: Comparing Outcomes for Kindergarteners with and without Disabilities – Remedial and Special Education (In Press)