Date Approved

4-7-2004

Embargo Period

4-25-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Middle schools--Administration; School improvement programs; School management and organization

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory investigation was to determine the effectiveness of the reconfiguration of a middle school to a K-8 building and its impact on the eighth grade students and their performance on the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) test using a method of inquiry design. This study addresses (a) the change agents and how to handle them and (b) identifies the components and ramifications of change. Interviews, observations, and the review of material culture were used to conduct the study. The data gathered was compiled in the narrative with information being shown as tables, charts and graphs. The data gathered show that students who attend a K-8 school performed better than student attending a middle school. Standardized test scores of K-8 students were better than those of middle school students.

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