School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Academic Achievement, Accountability, High-Stakes Testing, Performance
Simpson, Natasha Takia, "Improving Students' Scores on the Georgia End of Course Assessment for Biology" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3307.
The purpose of this applied study is to solve the problem of underperforming student test scores on the End of Course Biology assessment for high school students at an alternative school in Georgia, and to formulate a solution to address the problem. A multi-method design will be used consisting of both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The first approach will be structured interviews with the administration. The second approach will be focus groups with teachers. The third approach will analyze quantitative data from student surveys. The results may provide insight into an underlying problem in underperforming scores on the End of Course Biology assessment. Furthermore, an instructional intervention may be suggested and implemented to improve scores based on the consensus of students’ needs.