Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Pauline Sampson

Second Advisor

Dr. Patrick Jenlink

Third Advisor

Dr. Stacy Hendricks


This qualitative multi-case study investigated not only the role of assistant superintendents of curriculum and instruction, but the strategies and best practices used by four assistant superintendents of curriculum and instruction and a deputy superintendent of teaching and learning from East Texas in order to improve classroom instruction and support teachers in the high-stakes testing environment. The study sheds light on the role of central office leaders, their views related to the high-stakes testing environment and the impact they have on instruction for teachers and students. The responses given in this qualitative case study were carefully analyzed in order to identify emerging themes. Responses were transcribed through an online transcription service and then uploaded into NVivo 11 for disaggregation and appropriate grouping. The results indicated that a high-stakes testing environment, implementation of new programs or initiatives, and principals were all significant in using best practices for student achievement in a high-stakes testing environment.

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