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ERIC Number: ED562905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-8302-8
Turning the School Around: The Transformation of a Secondary School from Underperforming to Highly Achieving
Branch, Cynthia Monroe
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 put a focus on each child in a school being proficient. Since 1957 when Sputnik was launched, the United States has been attempting to improve its schools. The existing literature has a gap as to how to turn around an underperforming school in a fairly short period of time. A qualitative case study methodology was chosen to provide an in-depth, longitudinal examination as to how the principal and his team of both classified and unclassified staff were able to institute changes that dramatically increased their rural secondary school's performance academically from 50.9% to 90.6% among its students. The 2008 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Educational Leadership Policy Standards framed and focused this study of a school that may serve as a template for other educators trying to turn their school around and head it towards success for its students. Members of the staff of a rural secondary school were surveyed who were employed at the school during the time of this accomplishment. The results of the survey along with documents from the Internet brought insight into how the leadership turned the school into a highly achieving school in three short years. The questions this study answered included (a) How did the leadership team of educational professionals identify the major problem area inherent to this school? (b) What actions did the leadership team take to improve teacher effectiveness? (c) What actions did the leadership team take to unify the staff and get them to work collaboratively? (e) How did the leadership team improve the climate of the school? The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership behaviors and actions of school leadership to determine how they were able to take an underperforming school and turn it into a high achieving school in a fairly short period of time. What was not known was how they accomplished this feat. What actions did they take and why did they take those actions? What changed within that school from when it was underperforming to its now excelling status? These questions have been addressed in this study. [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: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001