Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

Committee Chair

Heather Larsen-Price

Committee Member

Eric Groenendyk

Committee Member

Doug Imig


During the more than 10 years that the Federal No Child Left Behind Legislation has been in effect, a plethora of research has been conducted on the design, the implementation and the effectiveness of No Child Left Behind, but there has been little to no research on School Improvement Plans, or their effectiveness. For the purposes of my research I focus on the corrective action portion of NCLB, specifically with regard to School Improvement Plans. I create a dataset with information collected for over 260 schools in the state of Illinois. I analyze student scores and determine that while School Improvement Plans do contribute to overall student improvement; it is not enough improvement to be able to make their AYP rates. The results of this study represent more research in the School Improvement Plan process. They also show that while SIPs are useful tools, the expectations of the state are unrealistic, and therefore progress is not appreciated the way it should be.


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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.