School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
School Climate, Student Growth
Education | Educational Leadership
Burch, Charles Heath, "The Relationship between Academic Growth Percentiles And Student Perceptions Of School Climate among Sixth Grade Students" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2549.
This quantitative, correlational design seeks to determine if students’ academic growth during the sixth-grade transition can be predicted by school climate and school climate dimensions. The results of the study will allow leaders to provide targeted support in the areas of school climate that have the greatest impact. The study consists of 150 middle schools in the state of Georgia. The Georgia Student Health Survey was used to determine sixth-grade student perceptions of the school's climate. The Georgia Department of Education determined student academic growth through the Georgia Student Growth Model in the area of language arts at each middle school. Results indicated that there was a statistically significant predictive relationship between student perceptions of school climate and students’ academic growth during the sixth-grade transition year. Moreover, there is a statistically significant predictive relationship between the combination of the six dimensions of school climate and students’ academic growth. However, the study found no individual dimension of school climate significantly predict students’ academic growth during sixth-grade.