Date Approved


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Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis


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


Educational Leadership


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.