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Administrators' Perceptions of the Value and Utility of State Assessment Data: A Research Study to Support Data Analysis and Student Achievement

Palano, Marie (2020) Administrators' Perceptions of the Value and Utility of State Assessment Data: A Research Study to Support Data Analysis and Student Achievement. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines administrator perceptions of Pennsylvania’s state assessment data. This study had three main purposes. The first purpose was to investigate the value and utility of state assessment data to inform decision making and the possibility of improving student achievement through the routine use of state assessment data. The second purpose of this study was to understand to what extent and how administrators use state assessment data to inform decisions. The third purpose was to explore what factors influence administrators’ use of state assessment data. The researcher sought to identify current data analysis practices, define strengths, describe opportunities for growth, and make recommendations for ongoing improvement.

The need for this research is evident as federal and state accountability mandates have changed since the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed in 2015. Accordingly, this study provides insight for school district leaders who are seeking opportunities to develop and sustain a routine and systematic approach to analyzing and utilizing state assessment data to address student learning outcomes.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Palano, Mariemep139@pitt.edumep139
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKirk,
Committee MemberRussell,
Committee MemberReljac, Mary
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 April 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 2 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 135
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, assessment, state assessments, accountability, data-driven decision making, academic achievement, student growth data, accountability mandates, graduation requirements, federal education policy, data analysis, value, utility, state assessment data, administrators, measures of student learning, perceptions, instruction, planning, professional development, leadership, public schools, Pennsylvania
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:25
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:25


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