Date of Award

Spring 3-2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Graham Weir

Second Advisor

Dr. Lynda Leavitt

Third Advisor

Dr. Sherrie Wisdom


The Eight-Step Process is a continuous improvement model that focuses on collaboration by disaggregating and analyzing data, developing a common instructional calendar, assessing mastery with common formative and summative assessments, building in time daily for interventions and enrichments for each student on the standards being taught, and monitoring of the process with learning logs and grade level meetings. Previous research demonstrates that this model is effective in raising student academic achievement on standardized tests in other states such as Texas and Florida. This study of four teachers in one elementary school examined their implementation of The Eight- Step Process as a model to examine student achievement growth, teachers’ perceptions of their own efficacy, and teachers’ perceptions regarding teaching and learning. The study found that student academic achievement growth was not statistically significant from the results of the Missouri Assessment Program tests, in comparison to the previous year. However, the study found that academic achievement growth was apparent from common teacher-created pre and post assessments and data from the online benchmarking tool, Study Island. Also, the study indicated that teachers’ perceptions of efficacy, teaching, and learning positively changed because of the implementation of the model.


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