Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Taking the Right Path: A Two-Year Journey through School Turnaround
by Chambers, Katherine O., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2013, 141; 3722283
Abstract (Summary)

The researcher conducted a statistical examination of a two-year journey through school turnaround to identify factors that had a direct impact on student performance on state exams. Following 31 students through sixth and seventh grades, the researcher collected data in alignment with five target areas for school improvement defined by the state of Missouri: (1) student performance, (2) highly qualified staff, (3) facilities, support and instructional resources, (4) parent and community involvement, and (5) governance and leadership.

Applying ANOVA and z-tests at a 95% confidence interval, the researcher analyzed the data to examine for statistically significant differences in scores o the Communication Arts and Mathematics MAP exams, levels of reading proficiency, attendance rates, and discipline, year to year. The researcher found significant increases in students’ Mathematics MAP scores, students’ reading on grade level, and referrals.

Using a multiple regression analysis the researcher also analyzed data for relationships between multiple independent variables and students’ scores on the MAP exams. An examination of the Pearson Product Moment Correlation coefficient provided information as to which variables had significant relationships with the students’ MAP scores and the coefficient of determination gave indication as to possible percentages of contribution each variable had in the resulting MAP test scores. This study confirmed that student’s grade point averages were the only variables that maintained consistent significant relationships to the students’ scores on both Communication Arts and Mathematics MAP exams during both years of the study. In addition to the consistent contribution of the students GPA to their MAP results, the study also found that in 2012, students’ enrollment in a reading class significantly contributed to their Communication Arts MAP scores and attendance had a significant relationship to their Mathematics MAP scores.

The concluding reflections in the study were a result of a detailed examination of the statistical analyses in alignment with current turnaround research. While there is a need for further research in the area of school turnaround, this study contributed to a growing field of literature on effective and ineffective school turnaround practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ayres, Deb
Commitee: Kania-Gosche, Beth, Wisdom, Sherrie
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Middle School education
Keywords: Educational leadership, Student performance
Publication Number: 3722283
ISBN: 9781339042954
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