Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Trevor Turner, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Chandra Walker, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Sheila Gregory, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if there is a statistically significant relationship between the school effectiveness of students in the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy and the acquisition by these students of core subject credits within the four-year cohort timeline. This study sought to determine: (a) if there is a statistically significant relationship between the perception of engagement of students in the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy and the acquisition by these students of core subject credits within the four-year cohort timeline; (b) if there is a statistically significant relationship between the attendance of students in the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy and the acquisition by these students of core subject credits within the four-year cohort timeline; (c) if there is a statistically significant relationship between the results of the core subject Georgia End-of-Course Tests for students in the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy and the acquisition by these students of core subject credits within the four-year cohort timeline; and (d) if there is a statistically significant difference between students in the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy and students in the other Career Academies (Health and Human Services, Media and Arts Communication, and Public Service, Law and Leadership) who acquire core subject credits within the four-year cohort timeline on the variables of credit earned, grade conversion, attendance, and perception of engagement.

Spearman correlation coefficients revealed that the average grade earned in the End-of-Course Tests was the only variable that was significantly correlated with credits earned. In addition, the study found a significant difference in the average grade earned in the End-of-Course Tests among the five academies at the school examined, with the STEM academy students receiving the highest scores among the five academies.