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ERIC Number: ED550363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 175
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-9912-8
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Mississippi Public High School Counselors' and Principals' Perceptions of the Subject Area Testing Program (SATP2) and Its Impact on Counselors' Job Performance
Edwards, Aretha Hargrove
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Delta State University
The purpose of this study was to examine Mississippi Delta area public high school counselors' and principals' perception of the impact of SATP2 testing on counselors' services to students in order to determine whether or not testing responsibilities have an adverse effect on counselors' delivery of services to students. This study was similar to research conducted in North Carolina. The original study, conducted by Brown, Galassi, and Akos (2004), was entitled, "School Counselors' Perceptions of the Impact of High-Stakes Testing." Written permission was granted from the authors to include aspects of their study. A modified version of their survey was sent to high school counselors and principals in 19 counties located in the Mississippi Delta. In this study, the Mississippi Delta region consisted of the following counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Madison, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo. The survey consisted of 26 questions and took approximately 10 minutes to complete. Counselors and principals were asked to respond to questions by using a Liken scale with the following ratings: 5-strongly agree; 4-agree; 3-neither agree nor disagree; 2-disagree; and 1-strongly disagree. A total of 65 surveys were sent to counselors and 53 were sent to principals. A total of 47 surveys were returned from counselors (72%) and 40 surveys were returned from principals (75%). Some high schools had more than one counselor. Therefore, more surveys were sent to counselors than principals. Data received from the participants were analyzed using the following statistical analysis: Independent t-test for hypothesis one, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for hypothesis two, and "Pearson r" for hypothesis three. The following hypotheses were studied: H1[subscript 1]: High school counselors will perceive more adverse effects than principals as to whether the SATP2 has an unfavorable result on counselors' ability to deliver individual and group services to students. H1[subscript 2]: High school counselors' and principals' combined perceptions of the SATP2 will be a function of school performance ratings. H1[subscript 3]: High school counselors will perceive more adverse effects than principals as a function of their years of experience as to whether the SATP2 has an unfavorable result on counselors' ability to deliver individual and group services to students. Findings supported hypothesis one. Results indicated differences in counselors' and principals' perceptions. Results from hypothesis two indicated that combined perceptions were not a function of school performance ratings. Results from hypothesis three were mixed and indicated that perceptions were not a function of counselors' and principals' years of experience. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi