Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Norman Weston

Second Advisor

Dr. Jack Denny


The purpose of this program evaluation is to evaluate an after-school elementary tutoring program to determine the impact it has on student achievement. The study is a mixed-method approach with both quantitative and qualitative data that include the following: teacher surveys, teacher interviews, pre- and post-student achievement data, student attendance, and a reflective journal based off observations. Findings and recommendations for tutoring programs include the following: establish a skill focus in math or reading to help remediate core skills, group students in each grade level according to skill deficiencies, conduct pre- and post-assessment to confirm growth and or additional supports, and institute a consistent weekly schedule along with monitoring attendance. Additional findings included the positive rapport building that occurred between staff and students during the tutoring sessions and the need for a weekly after-school homework club to offer a support system that might not be available at home. Selecting staff that have a high level of expertise in the specific subject (i.e., English Language Arts or Math) for tutoring would benefit all stakeholders, as would providing a time and place for teachers to collaborate on best practices.