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A Program Evaluation Of An After-School Reading Intervention Program In A Small Urban Elementary School, Erin Kershner Oct 2018

A Program Evaluation Of An After-School Reading Intervention Program In A Small Urban Elementary School, Erin Kershner

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to conduct a program evaluation of an after-school reading intervention program for reluctant readers. The program is part of a school district initiative to help young students establish positive, productive habits and dispositions toward reading. Program participants included teachers in the after-school program and parents of students who participated for two years. The evaluation questions were designed to assess the perceptions of those stakeholders on the benefit of the program for student participants. Both teachers and parents perceived that the program benefited students' receptive vocabularies. Teachers found that the program significantly improved students' ability ...


Applicable Outcomes: A Program Evaluation Of The Investigations Math Program, Sean Marco Hamer Apr 2018

Applicable Outcomes: A Program Evaluation Of The Investigations Math Program, Sean Marco Hamer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This program evaluation study focused on the outcomes of a Math program for elementary level students. This mixed-methods study explored the relationship between the implementation of the Investigations Math program and teachers' perceptions of its impacts. The program theory that guided this study stated that teachers who were provided time and resources to examine best practice Math curricula and instructional methods would: adopt and implement a holistic Math program that updated the curriculum; create positive changes in teacher content and pedagogical knowledge; meet the needs of all students, at all proficiency levels; result in a consistent scope and sequence; and ...


A Program Evaluation: Fidelity Of Implementation Of The Wilson Reading System In A Mid-Atlantic School District, Amy H. Stamm Dec 2017

A Program Evaluation: Fidelity Of Implementation Of The Wilson Reading System In A Mid-Atlantic School District, Amy H. Stamm

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Reading is at the heart of education and it is the basic skill upon which all others are built. Reading difficulties underlie much of the differences in academic achievement between students with specific learning disabilities in reading and non-disabled students; addressing these challenges when children are young is the key for long-term success (Borman, 2005; Cortiella & Horowitz, 2014; Juel, 1988; National Reading Panel, 2000; Torgesen et al., 2001). The purpose of this mixed methods program evaluation was to provide information to stakeholders about the implementation of the Wilson Reading System in the Mid Atlantic School Division (MASD). By examining the fidelity of ...


An Evaluation Of Southeast School District's Special Education Program's Compliance, Jennifer Anne Tingley Nov 2017

An Evaluation Of Southeast School District's Special Education Program's Compliance, Jennifer Anne Tingley

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study is a program evaluation of a small, rural school district’s special education program’s compliance with key processes, including the child study, eligibility, and individual education plan (IEP) processes. The goals of the evaluation were to identify potential weaknesses in the special education program implementation, and to provide suggestions for improvement. The program evaluation model used is the Context, Input, Process, Product (CIPP) model, which was developed by Daniel Stufflebeam. The research questions assessed the alignment of the school district’s special education handbook with federal and state guidelines for special education, as well as the implementation ...


The Relationship Between Student Infractions And Social Emotional Competence: A Program Evaluation Of Responsive Classroom(Rtm), Bloodine Barthelus Jan 2015

The Relationship Between Student Infractions And Social Emotional Competence: A Program Evaluation Of Responsive Classroom(Rtm), Bloodine Barthelus

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


A Value-Added Study Of Math Teacher Effectiveness: A Comparative Analysis Of Principal Evaluations, Self-Efficacy Ratings, And Classroom Observations, Shannon Schmidt Butler Jan 2015

A Value-Added Study Of Math Teacher Effectiveness: A Comparative Analysis Of Principal Evaluations, Self-Efficacy Ratings, And Classroom Observations, Shannon Schmidt Butler

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Relationship Between Teachers' Computer Self-Efficacy And Technology Integration In A School District's Bring Your Own Technology Initiative, Ashley F. Ellis Jan 2014

The Relationship Between Teachers' Computer Self-Efficacy And Technology Integration In A School District's Bring Your Own Technology Initiative, Ashley F. Ellis

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this mixed methods program evaluation study was to investigate the ways in which one public school district and its teachers implemented a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative. This study also measured teachers' computer self-efficacy, as measured by Cassidy and Eachus' (2002) Computer User Self-Efficacy Scale, and investigated the relationship between the teachers' computer self-efficacy and use of BYOT. The study sought to discover the successes and challenges the teachers in the district faced with implementation in their schools and classrooms. Participants included teachers in the four high schools in the district. The study used the CIPP ...


Evaluating A School-Based Day Treatment Program For Students With Challenging Behaviors, Antoine Lewis Hickman Jan 2014

Evaluating A School-Based Day Treatment Program For Students With Challenging Behaviors, Antoine Lewis Hickman

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Jade County Public Schools has provided school-based therapeutic day treatment in its public schools for more than 10 years. This program was adopted by the school system to provide an intervention in the school and classroom to address the challenging behaviors of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.;Currently, three human services agencies provide school-based therapeutic day treatment services to students in Jade County Public Schools with the goals of increasing academic achievement, increasing school attendance, reducing undesirable behaviors and increasing desirable behaviors. Until now, there has not been a formal evaluation of the program to determine if improvements were ...


An Analysis Of State And Local Alignment Of Teacher Evaluation In Maryland, Serene N. Peterson Jan 2014

An Analysis Of State And Local Alignment Of Teacher Evaluation In Maryland, Serene N. Peterson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study explored the components of Maryland's newly-implemented teacher evaluation framework and compared state requirements with evaluations to three local school systems' evaluation procedures. The study sought to investigate the relationship between three evaluation protocols in comparison to the state requirements.;Three local school districts were selected based on their student population served and the availability of their evaluation documents. Howard County Public Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and Montgomery County Public Schools were selected. State evaluation documents were also included in the study, coming from the Maryland State Department of Education. Evaluation documents underwent a qualitative data ...


Teacher Perspectives Of The Use Of Student Performance Data In Teacher Evaluations, Paul Thomas Hopkins Jan 2013

Teacher Perspectives Of The Use Of Student Performance Data In Teacher Evaluations, Paul Thomas Hopkins

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine how K-12 public school teachers perceive the use of student performance data in teacher evaluations. The proprietary, utility, feasibility, and accuracy standards created by the Joint Committee on Standards for Education Evaluation (JCSEE) served as a framework for the study. An online survey was deployed to a random stratified sample of teachers across the United States. Participants responded to thirty statements using a four-point Likert Scale that ranged from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. Participants were also provided an opportunity to list and describe additional items that they favored and feared with ...


Literacy Self-Efficacy And Achievement Of Secondary Students With Disabilities, Mary Mau Runnells Jan 2012

Literacy Self-Efficacy And Achievement Of Secondary Students With Disabilities, Mary Mau Runnells

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Adolescent literacy, or adolescents' ability to read, write, and communicate about the variety of texts they encounter in and out of school, has remained inordinately, and consistently, low for the past 20 years (NCES, 2010). Self-efficacy is a widely-used construct for measuring and predicting student achievement (Pajares, Johnson, & Usher, 2007; Phan, 2011; Schunk& Zimmerman, 2007). A differential level of literacy achievement is noted between certain student subgroups including students with and without disabilities (NCES, 2010).Students with disabilities are also included within other student subgroups that persistently underperform on literacy assessments (NCES, 2010) compounding school districts efforts to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks set by the federal government (NCLB, 2001). Presently, a large portion of high school graduates do not meet entry-level literacy requirements for post-graduate employment nor are they prepared for the literacy demands of college (Mikulecky, Smith-Burke, Beatty, 2009; NGA, 2010). Participants in this study include a diverse group of adolescents in seventh, eighth, and ninth grade attending one middle school and one high school in an urban, public school in one mid-Atlantic state. Results of this study support the emergent research area of developmental processes and instructional ...


Program Evaluation Of A School District's Multisensory Reading Initiative, Michael Patrick Asip Jan 2012

Program Evaluation Of A School District's Multisensory Reading Initiative, Michael Patrick Asip

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to conduct a formative program evaluation of a school district's multisensory reading initiative. The mixed methods study involved semi-structured interviews, online survey, focus groups, document review, and analysis of extant special education student reading achievement data. Participants included elementary special education teachers of high incidence students with disabilities, elementary assistant principals, central office special education leaders, and contracted training partners. Facilitating conditions that supported multisensory reading instruction included supportive school administrators, professional learning communities, intensive initial professional development, plentiful instructional materials, and supportive central office personnel. Constraints included school master schedules, limited time ...


Fostering Student Achievement: A Study Of The Relationship Of Collective Teacher Efficacy And Student Achievement, Marilyn Frances Barr Jan 2002

Fostering Student Achievement: A Study Of The Relationship Of Collective Teacher Efficacy And Student Achievement, Marilyn Frances Barr

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this research was to determine if there was a relationship between collective teacher efficacy and student achievement and if collective teacher efficacy made an independent contribution in explaining student achievement beyond socioeconomic status. The conceptual basis for this study was Bandura's theory of self-efficacy.;Relationships between collective teacher efficacy and student achievement on the Virginia grade 8 math, writing, and English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were found to be significant. The relationship between collective teacher efficacy and student achievement on the grade 8 writing SOL test made an independent contribution when controlling for socioeconomic status ...


School Climate And State Standards: A Study Of The Relationships Between Middle School Organizational Climate And Student Achievement On The Virginia Standards Of Learning Tests, Jennifer Bishop Parish Jan 2002

School Climate And State Standards: A Study Of The Relationships Between Middle School Organizational Climate And Student Achievement On The Virginia Standards Of Learning Tests, Jennifer Bishop Parish

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between organizational school climate and middle school student achievement on state assessments. The author also sought to determine the relative weight of each of the factors of school organizational climate (collegial leadership, teacher professionalism, academic press and community engagement) in relation to student achievement. Finally, this study examined the relative effects of organizational climate and the socio-economic status (SES) of participating schools on student achievement.;Suburban, rural and urban middle schools in Virginia participated in this study. The study explored middle school teachers' perceptions regarding organizational school climate in terms ...


A Study Of The Relationships Between High School Gpa And Interpersonal Adjustment, Potential Career Focus, And Study Skills For High Scorers On The Scholastic Assessment Test, Virginia Anne Carey Jan 1997

A Study Of The Relationships Between High School Gpa And Interpersonal Adjustment, Potential Career Focus, And Study Skills For High Scorers On The Scholastic Assessment Test, Virginia Anne Carey

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to assess the level of correlation between the high school gpa's of high scorers on the SAT and three variables: degree of career focus, level of study skills knowledge and use, and quality of interpersonal relationships. It was hoped that correlations might suggest positive intervention strategies for gifted high school students who are underachieving in high school in order to improve their high school to college transitions.;The researcher worked with school personnel in 20 high schools in the southeastern region of Virginia. High SAT scorers were identified and they were provided with ...


The Effectiveness Of An Intervention Program To Improve Performance Of Low-Achieving Students On The Literacy Passport Test, Harriet Elizabeth Bauer Jan 1994

The Effectiveness Of An Intervention Program To Improve Performance Of Low-Achieving Students On The Literacy Passport Test, Harriet Elizabeth Bauer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a difference in achievement scores and pass rates on Virginia's Literacy Passport Test between students who volunteered for and received additional instruction, students who volunteered for but did not receive the instruction, and students who neither volunteered for nor received interventional instruction in a program for rising sixth graders identified as potentially at-risk of initially failing the LPT.;It was hypothesized that (1) volunteers' scores of those who attended the summer program would show higher achievement and pass rates than either the scores of the volunteers without additional ...


Adequate And Appropriate Intelligence Testing Of Moderately Mentally Retarded Children, Nancy Lynn Robertson Orrison Jan 1992

Adequate And Appropriate Intelligence Testing Of Moderately Mentally Retarded Children, Nancy Lynn Robertson Orrison

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The intelligence of moderately mentally retarded (MR) children is difficult to assess because they often have concurrent physical or sensory impairments which adversely affect their test performance. The purpose of this study was to determine if necessary adaptations are made when assessing children who are moderately MR for educational placement in the State of Virginia.;A survey was sent to public school psychologists in the State of Virginia as identified by the 1990-91 roster obtained from the Virginia Department of Education. The survey inquired as to their normal methods of intelligence testing used with the moderately mentally retarded population. The ...


Efficacy Of Self-Instructional Training In The Management Of Test Anxiety: A Primary Prevention Model, Rita Schreyer Wagner Jan 1991

Efficacy Of Self-Instructional Training In The Management Of Test Anxiety: A Primary Prevention Model, Rita Schreyer Wagner

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a program of self-instructional training, presented as part of the regular classroom guidance curriculum, in the reduction of test anxiety and improvement of test performance in third grade children.;The sample consisted of 88 third grade students enrolled in regular education in an elementary school. Intact classes were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. A nonequivalent control group research design was used. Dependent variables were test anxiety, academic achievement, and test performance and were measured by the Test Anxiety Scale for Children, the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement ...


The Personal Motivation System Of Hispanic Female Students As Measured By The Picture Identification Test, Martha Lazcano Muguira Jan 1991

The Personal Motivation System Of Hispanic Female Students As Measured By The Picture Identification Test, Martha Lazcano Muguira

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study explored the qualities that distinguished a select group of college freshmen women (National Hispanic Scholars) from a general sample of Hispanic women as assessed by the PIT (Picture Identification Test) a semi-projective systems-oriented instrument that measures motivation (Chambers, 1988). The PIT was mailed to 496 Women Scholars, and administered to self-identified Hispanic freshmen women who attended four universities in the United States for the first time in the Fall of 1990. Results were based on the responses of 99 Ss (Select Group), and 57 Ss (Regular Group) who completed the PIT and fulfilled the criteria.;The specific hypothesis ...


Learning And Study Strategies Inventory (Lassi): A Validity Study, Anne Witt Perkins Jan 1991

Learning And Study Strategies Inventory (Lassi): A Validity Study, Anne Witt Perkins

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to examine the construct and predictive validity of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI). The LASSI is an instrument designed to assess utilization of learning and study strategies and methods for the purpose of measuring strategy use, diagnosing deficiencies, and prescribing intervention. The literature suggests that valid instruments of this type are sadly lacking. The LASSI User's Manual, however, presents no statistical evidence of instrument validity. The need for this verification became crucial with The College of William and Mary's selection of the inventory for administration to the 1990 freshman class ...


A Case Study Of The Predictive Ability Of Placement Tests For Principles Of Accounting, Sonja Ann Sanders Villaire Jan 1991

A Case Study Of The Predictive Ability Of Placement Tests For Principles Of Accounting, Sonja Ann Sanders Villaire

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The predictive ability of mathematics and reading placement tests used as a prerequisite for entry into the introductory level of accounting principles was investigated in a case study conducted at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia for students enrolled during the 19-month period beginning with June 1988 and ending with December 1989. The entire population of 1353 students was used in the study which tested for the independence of two variables, assessed or non-assessed students and their success (or non-success) in the course. In addition, the scores on the placement tests were compared with the final grade of the ...


The Personal Need Systems Of College Students: An Analysis Of The Poorly Adjusted Freshman, Kenneth Michael Saad Jan 1990

The Personal Need Systems Of College Students: An Analysis Of The Poorly Adjusted Freshman, Kenneth Michael Saad

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study compared the personal need systems of college students who were failing academically, charged with discipline violation, or psychologically troubled with those of a control group with no record of such problems. The Picture Identification (PIT) was mailed to the 1986 and 1987 entering freshmen classes at the College of William and Mary. From the 1986 class, 531 students completed the PIT, and from the 1987 class, 544 students completed the PIT. The subjects were classified by type of problem and gender. The Female Discipline Group was too small for statistical analysis and was omitted from the report. The ...


The Origins And Development Of Virginia's Student Assessment Policy: A Case Study, Serbrenia J. Sims Jan 1989

The Origins And Development Of Virginia's Student Assessment Policy: A Case Study, Serbrenia J. Sims

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to review the historical origins and chronology of the student assessment movement in the United States and to describe and analyze the development of Virginia's higher education student assessment policy within that movement. "Student assessment," the process of determining whether or not students have met educational goals set by their programs of study, institutions of higher education, or the state is a relatively new event in Virginia. Major participants involved in the passage and implementation of Virginia's policy were identified from historical documents and interviewed based on their specific areas of knowledge ...


A Comparison Of The Predictive Ability Of Selected Variables Upon Success On The American Society Of Clinical Pathologists Medical Technology Registry Exam, Carmine Thomas Somma Jr. Jan 1988

A Comparison Of The Predictive Ability Of Selected Variables Upon Success On The American Society Of Clinical Pathologists Medical Technology Registry Exam, Carmine Thomas Somma Jr.

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The use of the Allied Health Professions Admissions Test (AHPAT) as an admission tool to upper level medical technology programs was compared against the most commonly accepted criteria of overall grade point average (OG) and science grade point average (SG). The comparison was based on how well each predicted success on the Board of Registry Exam of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. The sample population included admission and program data on 129 graduates of a University 2 + 2 Medical Technology Program from 1980 to 1986. The population consisted mostly of white (81.4%) (n = 105) females (83.0%) (n ...


A Predictive Validation Study Of Criterion-Referenced Tests For The Certification Of Soldiers In Specialist-Level Military Training Programs, Darl Mcdaniels Jan 1988

A Predictive Validation Study Of Criterion-Referenced Tests For The Certification Of Soldiers In Specialist-Level Military Training Programs, Darl Mcdaniels

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Problem. This study assessed the predictive validity of criterion-referenced tests in a military setting with cutoff scores set by the Angoff and conventional score-setting methods.;Procedure. Thirty-six instructors and thirty-six specialists assessed each test item for job relevance and the probability that a minimally competent person would answer each question correctly, resulting in a new test cutoff score. Intragroup variability and interrater reliability of judgments were calculated. Test predictive validity assessment compared classroom test scores, supervisory rating scores, and skill qualification test scores of 100 job performers based on the two score-setting methods. Sample sizes varied from 17 to 100 ...


Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness Through Use Of The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator, Patricia Sclater Thompson Jan 1988

Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness Through Use Of The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator, Patricia Sclater Thompson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Relationship Of Teamwork Factors To Perceived Success Of Inter Agency Collaboration, Leslie William Jones Jan 1987

The Relationship Of Teamwork Factors To Perceived Success Of Inter Agency Collaboration, Leslie William Jones

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of teamwork factors to perceived success of interagency collaboration.;Administrators (n = 375) of eight governmental service agencies, state and local, serving handicapped children, ages birth through twenty-one (21), in Virginia responded to the researcher's mailed survey. The survey instrument was validated with 20 graduate students and 4 national experts in interagency collaboration. A telephone follow-up on certain items in the survey with 26 randomly selected respondees resulted in a significant reliability coefficient (Spearman Correlation Coefficient of .9307). The survey collected, in addition to certain demographic data, information on the ...


Language Disability And Measures Of Intelligence In Handicapped Children : A Comparison Of The Mccarthy Scales Of Children's Abilities And The Leiter International Performance Scale, Shirley-Ann German Vulpe Jan 1983

Language Disability And Measures Of Intelligence In Handicapped Children : A Comparison Of The Mccarthy Scales Of Children's Abilities And The Leiter International Performance Scale, Shirley-Ann German Vulpe

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study investigated a method to compare the effect of verbal language disability on measures of intelligence of young handicapped children. The purpose was to discover whether differences exist in the measures of intelligence when the verbal language requirements of an intelligence test are systematically varied. Two standardized tests that vary in the verbal stimulus response requirements were administered to 102 children ages 2-10 years classified as special education students in Hampton, Virginia.;Children were grouped according to patterns of performance on these tests: (a) LIPS 8+ > MSCA, (b) LIPS (DBLTURN) MSCA, (c) MSCA 8+ > LIPS, where 8 = ('(+OR-))2 ...


The Effects Of Gender Similarities And Differences Between Subject And Stimulus On Dropout Prediction, Joan James George Jan 1976

The Effects Of Gender Similarities And Differences Between Subject And Stimulus On Dropout Prediction, Joan James George

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


An Experimental Study Of Academic Achievement As A Function Of Homogeneous Grouping, William Francis Koontz Jan 1957

An Experimental Study Of Academic Achievement As A Function Of Homogeneous Grouping, William Francis Koontz

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.