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Do School Uniforms Help Students Learn?

Parents, students, and school officials have been fighting for-and against- school uniforms for years now. So as the 2013 school year begins, Anthony seeks an answer once and for all: do school uniforms really help students learn?

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School Uniform Statistics

National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988

“A nationally representative sample of eighth-graders were first surveyed in the spring of 1988.”

A COMPARISON RESEARCH STUDY ON THE USE OF SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND GRADUATION, ATTENDANCE, AND SUSPENSION RATES IN EAST TENNESSEE

“Graduation rates in Tennessee are 8 points below the state goal of 90%. Implementation
of a school uniform policy may be a way to improve these rates by giving students
increased school structure.”

Dressed for Success? The Effect of School Uniforms on Student Achievement and Behavior

Concerns about safety in urban schools have led many school districts to require
uniforms for their students.

College of Education researchers conduct study on impacts of school uniforms

“Student opinions, discipline referrals and school police data studied.”

UH STUDY SUGGESTS SCHOOL UNIFORMS REDUCE STUDENT ABSENCES, DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS

“Fewer schools are including “Best Dressed” as a category in their end-of-the- year student polls. As public schools continue to adopt dress code policies, more students are unable to make individual fashion statements.”

No Uniform Solution

“Uniforms make students look sharper, and they create a safer environment, but they can’t they raise a school’s achievement level.”



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