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    • 3 how do assessments impact the parent/teacher perception of charter schools; and three, do teachers use scores from state-mandated assessments evaluate their own performance/success? Research Questions The following questions helped guide the...
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    • and harvest the same; this is necessary to save and secure the labor which you have performed and the seed which you have put into the ground, but be generous to your mission to intervene and thwart the purpose thereof Commence upon a small scale...
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    • viii Acknowledgments I am forever grateful for the guidance and support I received for this project. It was born from a class discussion in Dr. Lee Montgomery’s class and adeptly advised by him. I am appreciative for his interest in the topic and...
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    • vii Acknowledgments I would like to take this opportunity to graciously thank Prent Klag for his wisdom, help, and red pencil. I would also like to thank the teachers, parents, and administration at both SUCCESS Academy and Gateway Preparatory...
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    • 50 often do. If teachers have a negative attitude and perception about scores as tools to evaluate student learning, and if parents are undecided with a slight bias toward the negative, such assessments are likely not appropriate tools to evaluate...
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    • 49 negative toward assessment information. While these same teachers feel test scores might be an indicator of school quality, they are quick to distance such possible merit from student learning as well as their own job performance. As more and...
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    • 47 Figure 20. Teacher comparison of item 2: State-mandated assessments are accurate tools to evaluate my students learning? As clearly evidenced in Figure 21, Iron County charter school teachers clearly perceive their own success through a...
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    • 44 Figure 17 compares the occurrence of the themes that were established in responses to the open-ended question at the end of both surveys: “What do state-mandated testing scores tell you about your child’s school?” Figure 17. Parent comparison of...
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    • vi List of Figures Figure 1: SUCCESS Academy parent response to item 6 ............................................................28 Figure 2: SUCCESS Academy parent response to item 7...
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    • 43 agree.” Clearly, perceptions about assessments as accurate tools related to student learning are varied. It would seem, however, that those who disagree with testing’s efficacy in academic evaluation are more confident in their position that...
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    • labors, and reverently called upon Him to bless u s in the i u t u r e and to enable u s to maintain ourselves in this desert land, also to protect u s from the wiley Indian and help u s to accomplish the mission we were sent to perform, namely,...
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    • scene could hardly be conceived. The toil-worn and hardy pioneers, with uncovered heads bent in reverence to the Almighty, thanked Him for H i s kindly care in bringing them to a land where conscience was free, with liberty undiluted. and asked H i...
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    • 41 Gateway Preparatory Academy parents nor SUCCESS Academy parents chose their school because of annual test scores, seemingly contradicting responses from item one unless these parents’ perception of academic performance is determined by something...
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    • 40 The next question (Figure 12) asked parents to evaluate if school instructional model was the most important element of a public charter school. The results confirm a strong positive attitude that, at both schools, instructional model remains...
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    • 38 mandated assessments would carry more weight in the SUCCESS Academy school community. Both the school’s instructional model and recent scores on state assessments support this assumption. Because of the unique Montessori model at Gateway...
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    • 37 Chapter 5 Discussion In order to discuss the perception of the two charter schools in Iron County, we will look at the items of each survey as a comparison. This provides important perspective as each charter school has a very distinct mission,...
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    • 36 “educational model” surpassed all other selections. Answers left blank or containing multiple selections on item five were categorized as no answer. Figure 9. Gateway Preparatory Academy teacher response to item 4: Factors that influenced...
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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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    • Field Testing as Short Term Predictors of Performance Appendix C: The Vertical Jump Test Equipment: • A smooth wall with a ceiling higher than the highest jumper’s jump height • A flat floor with good traction • Chalk of a different color than the...
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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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