Date of Award

Summer 8-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Chair

Dr. David Lee

Committee Chair Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 2

Dr. Thelma Roberson

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 3

Dr. James T. Johnson

Committee Member 4

Dr. Stacy Reeves

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCS) into schools had an impact on teacher intent to persist in the classroom. Specifically, this study sought to determine if the implementation of the CCS was a factor of novice and veteran teachers’ intent to persist in schools located in south Mississippi. A review of the literature indicated that teacher shortages were not primarily due to recruitment and training, but rather, to a significant extent, were the result of teachers leaving the profession long before retirement (Ingersoll & Smith, 2004).

Data were collected and analyzed from 208 participants located in three school districts in south Mississippi regarding their perspectives on the implementation of the Common Core Standards and their intent to persist in the classroom. Results indicated that there were no significant differences in teachers’ perspectives by grade levels taught or between novice and veteran teachers regarding the implementation of the CCS. However, there was a small significant correlation between the implementation of the CCS and teachers’ intent to persist in the classroom. Reponses to the survey questions suggest that teachers were happy in their current teaching positions and believe the CCS will fade away like many other government mandates have done in the past. The implications of this study suggest that the implementation of the Common Core Standards does have an impact on teachers’ intent to persist in the classroom.

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