Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ed.D.)


Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Korynne Taylor-Dunlop

Second Advisor

Jonathan Hughes

Third Advisor

Frank Smith


With the issue of homelessness ever-present in our educational system, it is important to examine current barriers and supports in the education of students experiencing homelessness. It is also critical to examine the academic achievement of this special population of at-risk students. Descriptive information was sought about types of barriers to education access and success, as well as supports and academic achievement in New York State-funded Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and to ascertain what educational leaders are doing to meet the educational needs of their homeless student population. Regional differences among barriers and supports were examined, as well as English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics achievement results. Conclusions were drawn from the quantitative analysis of data provided by 148 New York State LEAs receiving federal McKinney-Vento subgrant funding in the 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 New York State Education Department Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPRs).