Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Mixed-Methods Investigation of the Turnaround Model in a Midwestern Public High School
by Joyner, Ronald E., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2019, 164; 13806291
Abstract (Summary)

School reforms in the 21st century led the educational systems in the United States to raise levels of achievement in order to compete globally with international students. The intention of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative was to reduce the achievement gap among student subgroups, compared to high achieving students. The School Improvement Grant (SIG) served as a funding resource for underperforming schools to quickly improve academically. Schools underperforming for five consecutive years received mandates from the state and federal governments to select a turnaround model to increase student achievement.

This mixed methods study investigated the implementation of the turnaround model, while improving leadership characteristics, raising student achievement, engaging professional learning communities, and retaining teachers in a Midwestern public high school. A qualitative study was conducted with two focus groups, one with parents and the other with teachers. Both groups were critical with EGJ High School regaining its accreditation status. The themes that emerged were similar across both focus groups and featured theories of educational frameworks needed to increase student results.

A quantitative study was also conducted by surveying parents, teachers, assistant principals, and instructional coaches to analyze their perceptions on the way leadership guided turning around the school. Underperforming schools were always seeking ways for school improvement. The data and results from this study specified support systems required for a successful turnaround school.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steffes, Bob
Commitee: Brooks, Tony, Elder, Robyne, Winslow, Kevin
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational administration, Secondary education
Keywords: Accreditation, School Improvement Grant, School reform
Publication Number: 13806291
ISBN: 978-0-438-91343-1
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