Term of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Brenda Marina

Committee Member 1

William Amponsah

Committee Member 2

Sandra DeShazier


This quantitative study examined possible correlations between each of the seven critical leadership functions and achievement in the areas of mathematics for eighth grade African-American and Hispanic students. The 117 participants included school leaders and students from 12 of the 19 middle schools in a metropolitan school district in the southeastern region of the United States. Principals from the middle schools in the district distributed the Critical Leadership Functions Questionnaire to members of their leadership team (e.g., assistant principals, school counselors, department chairs, etc.). CRCT scores measured student achievement. The researcher conducted a correlation study, using Pearson’s multivariable correlation data analysis method. Two of the fourteen hypotheses, Strategic Leadership with math and reading CRCT scores, resulted in a positive significant correlation between a critical leadership function and Hispanic student achievement. None of the critical leadership functions impacted African-American student achievement at a significant level. Even though most of the results did not yield statistically significant findings, all correlations were positive.

The results of this study can be used to impact future research. Scholars can use other student populations or achievement measures to replicate this study.