Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)

Program

Educational Leadership

Date of Award

5-2015

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Pamela Scott

Committee Members

Cecil Blankenship, Bethany Flora, James Lampley

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to examine the relationship between student perceptions of classroom climate and student growth in high-poverty schools. More specifically, this study analyzed the relationship between Tripod Student Perception Survey classroom favorability ratings and Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) gain scores for students in grades 3 through 8 in a medium-sized school district in Northeast Tennessee during the 2012-2013 academic year. The data were gathered from approximately 1,500 fourth and fifth grade students from 6 elementary schools and 2 K-8 schools as well as approximately 1,300 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from 3 middle schools and 2 K-8 schools.

The analysis of data found statistically significant relationships between student perceptions of caring and reading TVAAS gain scores among students in grades 4 and 5, student perceptions of conferring and math TVAAS gain scores among students in grades 4 and 5, as well as student perceptions of captivating and math TVAAS gain scores among students in grades 4 through 8. The study did not reveal statistically significant relationships between student perceptions of challenging, clarifying, consolidating, or controlling and reading or math TVAAS gain scores.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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