Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Carla Sparks


The purpose of this study was to determine whether the instructional practices implemented by teachers using the State Standards were effective for instructing students in Grades 3-5 who were economically disadvantaged. The context of this inquiry was an urban elementary school in a large public school district in the United States of America. The need to implement an effective strategy to improve teacher instructional practices to improve student achievement using the State Standards was an issue in schools of the district under study with students who were economically disadvantaged. The need to meet the rigor necessary for students to obtain proficiency on the State Standards Assessment was part of the concern. In my study, I utilized a mixed method approach that included interviews and surveys of teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators who aligned their instructional practices to the State Standards. The outcome of the study indicated that teacher instructional practice impacts student achievement on the State Standards Assessment.