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Horn, Benjamin Eric (2004) THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN "HIGH STAKES" TESTING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study was designed to investigate the influence of the accountability movement on school-sponsored professional development programs, through an investigation of how accountability ("high-stakes" testing and sanctions) shapes the ways in which professional developers plan, implement, and reflect upon their professional development. The study was carried out by qualitatively examining the manner by which two groups of schools planned and implemented their professional development programs. More specifically a group of five schools identified by the state as needing improvement due to low test scores was compared with a second group of five schools not so identified. For both groups, the goal setting and planning stages of their professional development were examined, as well as the implementation of that plan (specifically, the form, duration, participation levels, focus, degree of active learning, level of coherence, and use of student data). Finally, the planners' reflections were investigated to determine what they believed to be the influences of accountability on their professional development programs. The responses across the two groups of schools were coded and analyzed in order to identify similarities and differences within or between these two groups. In summarizing the data, the research suggests that only minimal differences exist between "Warning List" and "Non-Warning List" schools in the areas of planning, implementation, and reflection upon the professional development. Though variations occurred, schools generally carried out their professional development as they always have and being identified as a "Warning List" school provided no meaningful role in modifying professional development programs.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Horn, Benjamin
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairStein, Mary Kaymkstein@pitt.eduMKSTEIN
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberTananis, Cynthiatananis@pitt.eduTANANIS
Committee MemberGoodwin, Sue Annsgoodwin@pitt.eduSGOODWIN
Committee MemberEichelberger, Tonyeichel@pitt.eduEICHEL
Date: 15 December 2004
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 October 2005
Approval Date: 15 December 2004
Submission Date: 29 November 2004
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
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: Accountability; Influences of Accountability; No Child Left Behind; Professional Development
Other ID:, etd-11292004-175616
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:06
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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