Date of Award

Spring 4-26-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Second Advisor

Dr. Julie Williams

Third Advisor

Dr. Kathy Grover


The purpose of this study was to examine the mathematics curriculums and implementation strategies of high-performing school districts in Missouri. The study was designed to determine any similarities or differences in the selection of mathematics curriculums or in implementation strategies among these high-performing school districts. Scores from the mathematics section of the ACT during the years all Missouri 11th-grade students were mandated to take the ACT were used to make determinations about the efficacy of mathematics curriculums and implementation strategies. The school districts with an average score in the top 10% of the state during the mandated years were asked to participate in the study. The school districts that agreed to participate in the study were then asked to complete a survey. The survey included questions about the specific curriculums and implementation strategies the school districts implemented in grades K–11 to determine if specific mathematics curriculums could increase the understanding of concepts and make a difference in student scores on the mathematics section of the ACT. The results indicated there was no significant difference between districts based on the choice of mathematics curriculum and success on the ACT; however, the data indicated some similarities in implementation strategies among the high-performing school districts.


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