Date of Award

Spring 5-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Chair

Dr. David E. Lee

Committee Chair Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 2

Dr. James T. Johnson

Committee Member 3

Dr. Rose McNeese

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 4

Dr. Ronald Styron

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 forced school districts to become more accountable by requiring all students to read on grade level by the year 2014. However, President Obama’s educational policy shift is allowing states to develop their own accountability and improvement system. This study examined fourth and eighth grade math achievement on the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd edition and interactive whiteboard use, attitudes and perceptions, and professional development. Data were collected from 21 participating Mississippi Gulf Coast area schools to determine if a correlation existed between fourth and eighth grade math achievement and interactive whiteboard use, attitudes and perceptions, and professional development.

Data collected from school building surveys and the MCT2 scores were retrieved from the Mississippi department of education website. The fourth and eighth grade math achievement and interactive whiteboard use, attitudes and perceptions, and professional development were studied to analyze the correlation.

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