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ERIC Number: ED517327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7270-8
The Impact and Sustainability of Programs, Practices and Norms on Student Achievement: A Case Study
Pirayoff, Ron
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Over the past several decades, there has been a greater focus on accountability as it relates to student achievement. Students of all backgrounds are faced with challenges that highlight areas of growth within the educational system. Specifically, the differences in academic performance between Hispanic and African American and White and Asian students, often referred to as the "achievement gap", has been targeted by legislation and researchers. Therefore, this qualitative case study was conducted to investigate variables implemented by a middle school that targeted a gap in achievement. The study drew from observations, document analysis, surveys and interviews to identify the common themes that contribute to student achievement at the middle school. Consistent with recent research on the achievement gap, the findings in this study suggest that the gap in achievement can be effectively narrowed by those middle schools that possess a focus on culture, leadership, teaching and learning, parent involvement, high expectations for students and intervention programs. Therefore, specific programs, practices and cultural norms that narrow the achievement gap are identified and discussed. Furthermore, implications and recommendations are presented to further solidify the body of research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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