Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara Hill

Third Advisor

Dr. Moses Norman


This dissertation provides important research for aspiring and current administrators. It provides data on select leadership characteristics and the impact on student achievement. The problem was inconsistent student achievement in select elementary schools of the local education agency. The Local Education Agency (LEA) selected for the study has a total of 81 elementary schools. During the 2010 and 2011 school years, 41 elementary schools achieved adequate yearly progress. The challenge in the LEA is the creation of sustained student achievement across all elementary schools. The purpose of the study was to examine if there was a significant relationship between student achievement and select leadership characteristics at the elementary school level. The researcher chose a mixed method design to explore student achievement and select leadership characteristics. Mixed method was the chosen design because it combined the strength of both the quantitative and qualitative method. Data revealed that school climate, instructional supervision, leadership style, structured operational environment, teacher recognition, teacher training, team collaboration, shared leadership and decision making, and school encouragement of parental engagement had a significant relationship with student achievement. This is significant for all educational leaders as we strive for positive student achievement for schools in the 21 st century


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