Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Harrington Gibson


When students end the chapter of high school, the question education must ask is, “What does it take for a student to walk across the stage and receive their high school diploma?” Is it a transcript full of passing letters ranging from AD or is it a known belief that students do not have gaps in their knowledge and can apply their knowledge in real-world situations? This study identifies the problem and the basis of research in the program evaluation. It also focuses on identifying a policy that best supports competency-based education (CBE). Lastly, the study utilizes Wagner et al.’s (2006) change leadership model to assess the culture, context, conditions, and competencies of a large, suburban school district. It focuses on the ability to create and implement a CBE program. Semistructured interviews were conducted with teachers of the CBE program.

Results indicated the need for a structure for CBE to exist in schools. Strategies for implementation include:

  • Developing an understanding of CBE and how it can impact student learning.
  • Ensuring staff receives job-embedded professional development.
  • Planning for a shift in policy to implement a standards-based approach to grading.
  • Assessing facilities to foster adequate space to support a growing CBE program.

Using metrics to assess the sustainability and success of the program for students.