Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald


Pleasantville School District (Pleasantville, N.J.); Education--Curricula


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to examine the implementation of the Core Curriculum Content Standards at Pleasantville. The district, a special needs (Abbott district), receives 85% of its funding from the state, therefore, must provide all children with a "Thorough and Efficient" education.

Two separate groups of students were studied. One group represented the current students in grade 10 and the second group represented the current students in grade 9. Also included in the study were teachers, counselors, administrators and employers.

The overall approach in this study was to use several methods to investigate the effects on a local district of implementing the state-mandated standards. Interviews, surveys, and questionnaires were used to determine the effectiveness of the implementation process. Most importantly it tried to determine if everyone in the school understood the procedures. Employers were interviewed to determine if they thought the present courses would prepare students for the world of work.

Everyone agreed that change is a fact of life, but this change never provided the time for teachers who implement the program to discuss or prepare for the changes. This has created miscommunication and confusion.