Date of Award

Winter 12-13-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in School Leadership


Center for Leadership & Learning

Committee Chair

Dr Steve Bounds

Second Committee Member

Dr Sarah Gordon

Third Committee Member

Dr Chris Nail


In the State of Arkansas students, grades three through ten, take the ACT Aspire in order to provide a measure of student academic achievement to school districts and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These scores are also used to determine school grades that are released each year and may determine student placement in remediation programs. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the relationship, if any, between student achievement and mental health in ninth grade students in the State of Arkansas. The findings reveal that students who receive mental health services score at a lower level on the ACT Aspire ELA and Math Exams.