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ERIC Number: ED551376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 215
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-7678-5
A Program Evaluation of a Professional Learning Community
Lloyd, Tracy
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation of 2001 increased the stakes for all schools to increase student achievement by mandating all students meet or exceed state standards by 2014. A small rural school responded 5 years ago to their failure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) by implementing professional learning communities (PLC) as a school wide reform effort to increase achievement. However, AYP status has not changed. An explanatory mixed methods design was used to discover the implementation steps already taken, the strengths and weaknesses of the program, and what prior efforts to address weaknesses had been attempted. Descriptive statistics calculated from a quantitative survey included the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and frequency response rates. Five PLC variables of shared mission and vision, collaboration, supportive conditions, shared and supportive leadership, and results oriented were analyzed. Qualitative data were collected in administrative and faculty interviews to provide greater depth to the quantitative results and determine if different program perceptions existed. The results of the study indicated strengths in collaboration and supportive conditions and weaknesses in the development of a shared mission and vision, use of results, and communication. The leadership variable revealed conflicting perceptions between faculty and administration. Six research based recommendations were provided in order to move forward successfully and ensure sustainability. Implications for positive social change include increasing the number of students who meet or exceed standards on the state exam, graduate from school, and enter into higher education institutions. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001