Date of Award

Summer 6-30-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Dr. Sheryl Croft

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Chinasa Elue

Second Committee Member

Dr. Nicholas Clegorne


The purpose of this research study is to gain firsthand insight into the experiences and perceptions of students and parents regarding end-of-year high-stakes test failure. This insight will be attained through qualitative data collection using interviews, surveys, demographics reports, and state-monitored school report card results. All research will be conducted at two predominately Black Title I urban middle schools in the southeastern United States. The research will determine the social and emotional burden students, parents, and families carry when test failure occurs. Proposed for this study will be two distinct research questions. The first question will examine the variety of ways in which marginalized students experience high-stakes test failure. The second research question will examine the experiences parents have when engaged in student failure on high-stakes tests.