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ERIC Number: ED548888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 193
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2677-6116-3
Case Study on the Journey of an Elementary School Labeled as a Persistently Low-Achieving School
Duncan, Annette
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Iowa
This study examined an elementary school, located in an urban school district, which was labeled as a Persistently Low-Achieving School (PLAS) by the federal government in 2009 in order to determine how the school planned to change leadership and staff; increase student achievement; and implement new approaches for changes in school climate. The purpose of this study was to investigate the response of this school in the following areas: 1. Professional Practices of Teachers and Administrators: What impact did the PLAS label have on the professional practices of teachers and administrators in this building? 2. Curriculum and Academic Achievement: What impact did the PLAS label have on curriculum development in this school and plans for assessment of academic achievement? 3. Climate and Culture: What impact did the PLAS label have on approaches to student behavior, parent involvement, and cultural competence? This study was a qualitative case study. The method used for this case study involved researcher inquiry of the qualifying grant plan, school leadership, and teachers. The researcher investigated the school's grant application including official plans for changes, transcripts of interviews with the administrators, and transcripts of interviews with teachers in order to research the steps the school is taking to raise student achievement. This study's information was significant because the elementary school researched was the first of two elementary schools in its state to be given the PLAS designation. Schools to be labeled in the future will be searching for models of plans and ideas for implementation that will allow them to make changes in staff, achievement, and climate in order to work towards accelerating their academic performance. [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: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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