Title

Working On the Work: Five Years of Engagement

Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Wanda Maulding

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The present study investigated the impact of the Working on the Work action plan on mathematics achievement in a Mississippi Gulf Coast school district. The district of study has used the action plan developed by The Center for Leadership and School Reform since 2001. Mississippi Curriculum math test results served as the instrument that was used for the database taken by 105 students from 2002-2006. A repeated measures ANOVA test was conducted to assess the prediction of mathematics achievement from gender, race, and time. Results showed that gender did not significantly predict mathematical achievement [ F (1, 101) = .76, p = .384]. Secondly, race was a significant predictor of math achievement [ F 1, 101) = 60.33, p < .001]. Lastly, the impact of the Working on the Work framework did increase the results of mathematics achievement over time [F (4, 404) = 20.55, p < .001). Although most school districts have tried different methods to adhere to No Child Left Behind guidelines since 2001, this type of school reform seems to be working.