Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Kenneth D Gossett

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Teacher Training; Education, Tests and Measurements; Education, Sociology of; Education, Administration

Keywords

assessment data, data analysis and interpretation, participant profiles, teacher and administrator experiences

Disciplines

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative empirical phenomenological study was to examine the experience of analyzing and interpreting student assessment data from the perspective of both teachers and administrators in order to identify: (a) those aspects of the experiences which are similar or dissimilar among the two groups, (b) the priorities and influences which affect those experiences, and (c) the most critical issues expressed by the participants. Ten teachers and five administrators participated in three in-depth individual interviews, online reflective journaling, and follow-on focus group interviews. This study revealed that the experiences of teachers and administrators can be characterized and described through five domains: (a) motivations, (b) contextualization of learning, (c) data analysis strategies, (d) intergroup and interpersonal relations, and (e) self-actualization. This study also identified seven critical issues which regularly resulted in high levels of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with these experiences: (a) time, (b) training, (c) opportunities to practice, (d) protocol guidance, (e) support, (f) trust, and (g) efficacy, which should be considered by school and district leaders.