Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The A+ Schools Program and School Improvement
by Moyer, Ashley Suzanne, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2012, 130; 3506046
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined Missouri's A+ Schools Program and its impact on school improvement. Effective schools research combined with the mission learning for all provided a conceptual foundation for guiding research development. A mixed-method design allowing a triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data was applied using telephone interviews and Likert-scale surveys from A+ Coordinators having two or more years' experience. Questions about the A+ Schools Program's success centered on the following: graduation rate, curriculum and assessment, career preparation, rigorous coursework, and at-risk students. As a result, four themes emerged; the first of two were students realizing the importance to graduate and enhanced at-risk programs. Both A+ Coordinators interviewed and those surveyed concluded, the program forced districts to develop methods for increasing graduation rates as well as tracking and maintaining at-risk students. However, the third theme revealed while curriculum and assessment changes were implemented, the changes may not be attributed to the A+ Schools Program. A fourth theme discovered the A+ Schools Program prepared students for college and career paths by counseling them to enroll in appropriate rigorous coursework. A+ Coordinators perceived positive transformations in their districts to be a direct result of the A+ Schools Program. Districts seeking an A+ designation must continue adhering to a strict effective schools model, and the implication for practice is Missouri legislators must maintain funding in the A+ Schools Program with additional schools being designated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Conner, Patricia
Commitee: DeVore, Sherry, Reid, Terry
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 73/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Secondary education
Keywords: A+ Schools Program, At risk programs, Graduation rate, Missouri, School improvement
Publication Number: 3506046
ISBN: 978-1-267-31112-2
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