Date of Award

Fall 11-30-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.


College of Education



First Advisor

Heather Miller, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Edward Kim, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Michael Jazzar, Ph.D.


Standardized tests are intended to show what students have learned and retained in a classroom setting. The purpose of the qualitative case study was to understand the effects of standardized testing in urban turn around schools. The research question that guided the study was: What are the experiences of teachers regarding the use of standardized testing, in urban turnaround schools in the south? The sample was obtained through a snowball strategy, and it consisted of 11 participants who were teachers from an Izone school in the Southern United States. The data obtained were interviews and artifacts (lesson plans). Inductive analysis was used to analyze collected data. Findings indicated that teacher participants perceived that standardized testing hinders students' achievements performance.

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