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The Federal School Improvement Grant Program in Rural Virginia Schools

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dc.contributor.advisor Earley, Penelope M. McMurrer, Jennifer en_US
dc.creator McMurrer, Jennifer en_US 2013-08-09T15:36:32Z 2013-08-09T15:36:32Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examines the preliminary impacts of the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, as measured by the state assessments, in the 23 rural-recipient schools across the state of Virginia as well as the program implementation efforts in one purposefully selected rural-recipient school. The study uses a mixed method research design. The purpose of the study is to learn more about the implementation of the federal SIG program in rural contexts as well as school and district officials' perceptions of the federal requirements under the program. Study findings show overall mean gains in test scores in reading and mathematics over a four to five-year period using scores that preceded receipt of the grant but also show some declines since the first year of SIG implementation. Findings from an in-depth case study of one select rural-recipient school offer illustrative detail about SIG program implementation, including more detail about school test scores; the importance of local context, opportunity, flexibility, and adaptation for school improvement; positive and challenging elements of the program; and goals for continued growth and sustainability in a rural setting. en_US
dc.format.extent 174 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Jennifer McMurrer en_US
dc.subject Education policy en_US
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject American Recovery and Reinvestment Act en_US
dc.subject case study en_US
dc.subject federal program en_US
dc.subject mixed method en_US
dc.subject rural en_US
dc.subject school improvement en_US
dc.title The Federal School Improvement Grant Program in Rural Virginia Schools en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Education en George Mason University en

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