Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Steve Stone

Abstract

Research studies has indicated there is a correlation with magnet school curriculum being the cause of an increase in student achievement, high levels of student motivation, and satisfaction with morale as well as an increase in the number of parents satisfied with the school. However, according to Gamoran (1996), there have only been studies examining the academic achievement of magnet school students to non-magnet school students. This research study was designed to determine the effectiveness of a magnet school program in a rural and urban school district on the academic performance of students in reading and math as well as stakeholder levels of satisfaction with the learning environment. Examining the effectiveness of a magnet school program in a rural and urban school district would assist with determining if the academic performance of magnet school students were different. Also, the results of the survey completed by stakeholders on their satisfaction with the learning environment would assist with analyzing whether the satisfaction differ in rural and urban school districts. An analysis of the results of the study indicated that the academic achievement does not show a significant difference in reading and math of students who attend a magnet school in a rural or urban southern school district. Additionally, the results did show a substantial difference in the stakeholder satisfaction with the learning environment. Recommendations for future study were provided.

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