Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


This field study was designed to investigate teacher and student perceptions of school effectiveness factors as related to Knoxville High School. Specifically, this study compared actual perceived school effectiveness factors between teachers and students. A comparison of past achievement tests was also initiated to determine what effect, if any, school leadership might play in the process.

Two instruments were designed for this study, Teacher Feedback Survey and the Student Opinion Survey. Dr. David Bartz, of Eastern Illinois University, developed the survey instruments based on research conducted by Edmonds, Brookover, Lezotte and Weber and a review of current literature addressing the issue of identifying school effectiveness factors. Thirty-three teachers and four hundred and thirty-six students provided the data for the study. Responses to the surveys were scored at the computer center at Eastern Illinois University.

This field study was divided into five chapters. Chapter One explains the problem and limitations of the study. Chapter Two presents a study of the research and related literature specific to school effectiveness factors. Chapter Three describes the design of the study, method of data collection and instrumentation, and method of data analysis. Chapter Four lists the results, conclusions, and recommendations of the data collected from the two surveys and prior achievement testing results. Chapter Five summarizes the recommendations of the researcher based upon survey results.