Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. David Lee

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Chuck Benigno

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Richard Mohn

Committee Member 4 School



The following quantitative research study was conducted to determine if differences exist between “A-rated” and “F-rated” districts in Mississippi when it comes to how data are used for preparation of student academic achievement, how that data is used to influence instruction, and what beliefs school leaders have concerning the development of a data-based decision-making culture. Mississippi was chosen based on its unique accountability model.

The survey method was used for this study. Over 100 school leaders from across the state participated from 12 different school districts. Their responses provided some indication of the differences that exist between “A” and “F” rated school district leaders. The results showed a significant difference in the self-efficacy of school leaders in their beliefs about their ability to interpret and use data. There was not a significant difference in the organizational support that these school leaders provide.

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