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    • 1 Chapter 1 Introduction – Nature of the Problem It is well known that students go through what is commonly referred to as “the fourth grade slump.” Research presented by Hall, Sabey, & McClellan (2005) and Fang (2008) has shown that this “slump”...
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    • 6 Chapter 2 Literature Review The National Center of Educational Statistics concluded that more than two thirds of students are not proficient readers (Biancarosa, 2005). This is a staggering statistic that leads one to question. How can teachers...
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    • v List of Tables Table 1: Between-Subject Factors for Both ANCOVAs ..............................................................35 Table 2: Means and Standard Deviations for NWEA Language Usage Posttest Scores (LARITF11)...
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    • 35 which is understandable because the items come from the same testing pool. In Tables 3 and 5, the variable names for the pretests are LARITF10 (LAnguage Rasch unIT Fall 2010) and MTRITF10 (Math Rasch unIT Fall 2010). The variable names for the...
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    • Table of Contents List of Figures ..................................................................................................................................iii Acknowledgments...
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    • Girls and Relational Aggression 14 school problems, and eating disorders (McKay, 2003). Relational aggression offers a number of difficulties for girls such as peer relationship issues, behavior problems, struggle with academics, and...
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    • 5 Chapter 2 Literature Review In order to examine how teachers and parents perceive the success of a charter school, a review of related literature is essential. There are many connected ideas that, when looked at together, help to shape a picture...
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    • 7 approval. Zhang and Yang addressed the educational needs motivation for charter schools by hypothesizing that low performing school districts and districts experiencing rapid growth would be associated with a higher degree of charter school...
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    • 10 activity and myriad other factors also play into not only choosing a charter school, but the ongoing perception of that school. This study corroborates other research on the topic of school choice and parent satisfaction. Charles Hausman and...
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    • 11 were significantly more satisfied with their school of choice when compared to a traditional public school parent, after five years, parental satisfaction in a charter school was only slightly different that parental satisfaction with a...
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    • 24 Chapter 4 Results Assessments are a thriving part of the educational landscape. They affect the entire educational community and may influence how a charter school is perceived. The two groups most impacted by that perception are parents who are...
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    • 26 After each Likert item on both surveys, respondents were allowed and given space to elaborate on their attitude independent of additional prompts. Responses were recorded though no emerging themes could be established. The next items on the...
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    • 28 visual representation of individual responses to each item on the SUCCESS Academy parent survey, as well as the response mean and standard deviation, can be found in Appendix E. The next data from the SUCCESS Academy parent survey to be analyzed...
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    • 31 show a negative attitude, however, there was an equal amount of neutral response to the highest percent of negative response: “Neither Agree nor Disagree” at 34% and “Disagree at 35%. Item four results show an overwhelming positive response with...
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    • 33 SUCCESS Academy teacher survey. All of SUCCESS Academy’s seven teachers participated in the survey, for 100% participation. Table 3 shows both the survey items and related responses for the SUCCESS Academy teacher survey. Table 3 SUCCESS Academy...
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    • 34 environment,” “educational model” and “academic performance” were all fairly equally represented; while “convenience” and “other” were seldom selected or not at all, respectively. However, in regard to the most important reason (Figure 8),...
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    • 35 Table 4 shows the items as well as the Gateway Preparatory Academy teacher responses for the Likert items of the survey. Table 4 Gateway Preparatory Academy Teacher Survey Results Question Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor...

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