Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Norman Weston

Second Advisor

Jack Denny

Third Advisor

Harrington Gibson


This document focuses on a vision for “what ought to be,” in this case, a new grading system in a suburban district. The document takes the reader through numerous aspects of advocating for district-wide policy change. The vision for a new grading system is evaluated from several perspectives, such as: educational, economic, social, political, and moral, and ethical. Using publications and research from numerous practitioners, it was determined that a change to standards-based grading is the right decision for this district. This policy advocacy document shows the reader how to work through policy change from the beginning to the end, including: the vision for success, making an argument, steps for implementation, and the assessment plan to monitor progress. Each step is discussed in detail to ensure success of implementation. A proposed budget is included in section five. The final product gives the reader a representation of what it takes to advocate an educational policy change to a school district.