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  • 1.Eastern Michigan University DigitalCommons@EMU Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations Master's Theses, and Doctoral Dissertations, and Graduate Capstone Projects 1-1-2011 An Examination of the Relationship Between School Climate and Student Growth in select Michigan Charter Schools Benjamin P. Jankens Follow this and additional works at: http://commons.emich.edu/theses This Open Access Dissertation is brought to you for free and open access by the Master's Theses, and Doctoral Dissertations, and Graduate Capstone Projects at DigitalCommons@EMU. It has been accepted for inclusion in Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations by an authorized administrator of DigitalCommons@EMU. For more information, please contact lib-ir@emich.edu. Recommended Citation Jankens, Benjamin P., "An Examination of the Relationship Between School Climate and Student Growth in select Michigan Charter Schools" (2011). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. Paper 355.

2. An Examination of the Relationship Between School Climate and Student Growth in Select Michigan Charter Schools by Benjamin P. Jankens Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Leadership and Counseling Eastern Michigan University In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of DOCTOR OF EDUCATION Dissertation Committee: Ronald Williamson, EdD, Chair James Berry, EdD Ella Burton, EdD Nelson Maylone, EdD September 14, 2011 Ypsilanti, Michigan 3. School Climate & Student Growth in Charter Schools i Abstract The purpose of this study was to determine what relationship exists between school climate and student growth in Michigan charter schools. Data were collected through the use of a school climate survey and standardized assessment results. The Organizational Climate Descriptive Questionnaire for Elementary Schools (OCDQ-RE) developed by Hoy, Tarter, and Kottkamp (1991) was used to assess teacher perceptions of school climate. Student growth data were calculated using the fall and spring reading and math results from the Performance Series test by Scantron, and the MAP test by NWEA. The population of this study consisted of 355 teachers from 11 participating schools serving students in grades 3 through 8, selected from a purposeful sample of 35 charter schools in Michigan. Data were analyzed through the Pearson Product-Moment correlation analysis and linear regression analysis. The results indicated a significant relationship between both principal openness and student growth, and teacher openness and student growth with p-value 1,000% and 10.0 and