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Dissertation - Public Access

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First Advisor

Norman Weston

Second Advisor

Jack Denny

Third Advisor

Harrington Gibson


The purpose of the Change Leadership Plan was to describe a current issue facing a school district, creating a vision of change to end that obstacle. In the case of this particular change plan, the problem is the traditional grading system at a suburban middle school. The plan advocates for a change to a standards-based grading system. Several steps describing change are examined: describing the current situation, conducting research to support change, and designing a vision of what success will look like after standards-based grading is established. The research conducted was done through both surveys and group interviews. Research participants in the survey and group interviews were entirely teachers. The recommendation of this change plan is to switch from a traditional grading system to a standards-based system.