Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Professional learning communities impact on student achievement
by Hamilton, Jan L., Ed.D., Saint Mary's College of California, 2013, 117; 3568312
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the impact of the Professional Learning Community model on student achievement in the state of California. Specifically, the study compared student achievement between two school types: Professional Learning Community schools and Non Professional Learning schools. The research utilized existing API scores for California schools compiled by the California Department of Education for the 2007–2008 school year. The Academic Performance Index (API) scores for 136 schools districts in the study was retrieved and examined along with the following additional data: English-language learner, special education status, ethnicity (African American, Hispanic–Latino), and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Academic Performance Index (API) is a yearly state performance measure was downloaded for all schools partaking in this study. Elementary, middle and high schools API scores were compared along with specific subgroups: Hispanic, English Learner, African American, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and special education students. Results indicate that Hispanic and English Learner sub groups at the Elementary and Middle school level for Professional Learning Community Schools academic achievement was significant. At the high school level Hispanic and English language Learner sub groups academic achievement was significant for the Non Professional Learning Community schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lad, Kaetlyn
Commitee: Maione, Annmarie, Metcalf-Turner, Phyllis, Smith, Rita
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Academic achievement, Elementary, English language learner, High school, Hispanic, Low-performing subgroups, Middle school, Professional learning community, Student achievement
Publication Number: 3568312
ISBN: 978-1-303-22601-4
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