Term of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Linda M. Arthur

Committee Member 1

Barbara Mallory

Committee Member 2

Dawn Tysinger

Abstract

Principals and teachers are under continuous pressure to improve student learning. The ability to analyze standardized testing data provides a tool for educators to use in their effort to combat students' deficiency in learning. The researcher conducted the study in four middle schools in a Georgia school district located outside of metropolitan Atlanta, which is in the beginning stages of providing training to teachers, and administrators on how to use standardized test results to improve student learning. To accomplish the purpose of this study, the researcher analyzed the surveyed responses of 242 participants, all middle school teachers. The method for this quantitative research study used descriptive statistics and independent sample t-tests. Findings of the study converged with the literature in terms of the purpose and benefits of using standardized testing data. Teachers agreed that principals provided time for them to analyze and plan instruction based on standardized testing results. Teachers also reported that their principals' current leadership actions was conducive to them being able to use standardized test data more, and they believed that there is an expectation in their school for teachers to use standardized testing data to inform their practice.

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