The relationship between student achievement in schools with Onward To Excellence (OTE) programs and selected variables

Elidia M. DeBlieux

Abstract

The general purpose of this study was to determine if student achievement improves with the implementation of Onward Toward Excellence (OTE). In addition, this study examined the relationship between student achievement and the variables of grade level, levels of teachers' professional development, parental involvement, and educators' perceptions of the OTE program. The subjects of this study were students, teachers, and administrators of the selected school district in Mississippi and was conducted during the fall of 1997. Three hundred and seventy students, 34 teachers, and 3 administrators participated in the study. The ultimate goal in performing this study was to provide information to the school district on the effectiveness of OTE. The findings of this study indicate that student achievement increased after the implementation of OTE and that this achievement increase was related to the variables of student grade levels, levels of teachers' professional development, parental involvement, and educators' perceptions of the OTE program. Based on the study's findings, it was recommended that (a) further research on effective schools be conducted utilizing a variety of measures of student achievement, (b) studies investigating successful parental involvement programs be conducted, (c) further research on the relationship between high quality staff development programs and attendance be conducted, (d) the relationship between effectiveness of OTE and student achievement be investigated for a longer period of time, and (e) studies examining the impact on individual schools be conducted.