Date Approved

5-15-2003

Embargo Period

5-5-2016

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)

Rittenberg Middle School (Egg Harbor City, N.J.); Mathematics--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the formation of a School Management Team (SMT) at the Rittenberg Middle School in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, would foster positive academic change in the subject of eighth grade mathematics. The creation of the SMT was part of a comprehensive whole school reform. The instrument used by Rittenberg Middle School to measure student achievement was called Edutest. Edutest is a comprehensive, online assessment software that provides immediate results of student performance. Results from the Edutest provide confirmation that work done by the School Management Team did facilitate improvement in mathematics scores of eighth grade students. Rittenberg eighth grade students were first assessed on September 18, 2002, 43.7% of the students scored at or above eighth grade level in mathematics. Upon their next scheduled assessment on November 19, 2002, 48.9% of eighth grade students scored at or above their grade level in mathematics. Finally, on February 4, 2003, 53.8% of the same students scored at or above grade level in mathematics.

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