Date of Award

Fall 12-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Audra Classen

Committee Member 2 School

Child and Family Studies

Committee Member 3

Dr. Hollie Filce

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Kevin Wells

Committee Member 4 School


Committee Member 5

Dr. Alex Smith


This study explored the relationship between the Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) Professional Growth System school-wide Teacher Growth Rubric (TGR) score averages by standard and student academic and behavioral outcomes (i.e. state assessment scores, discipline referrals, suspensions, attendance.). The study also examined the relationship among Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) implementation fidelity, MDE TGR scores, and student outcomes. Twenty-seven schools were selected to participate in the study. Fifteen of the schools were implementing with fidelity during the 2021-2022 school year, as measured by the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI), and twelve schools were not implementing SWPBIS during the 2021-2022 school year.

Results found significant relationships between some MDE TGR standards and student outcomes. Additionally, the results showed that schools implementing SWPBIS to fidelity had more positive student behavioral outcomes but lower academic and overall MDE TGR average scores. Future research with larger samples is recommended to further explore the impact of teacher evaluations and SWPBIS on teacher and student outcomes and inform the development of teacher evaluation tools.