Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Kelly S. Brown

Second Advisor

Jonathan D. Bartling

Third Advisor

Jeffrey S. Williamson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


This study investigated how the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) affected cross-curriculum instruction, student achievement and the learning environment within an urban high school. The researcher compared performance data based on State Standards with performance data based on the CCSS and examined teachers’ perceptions regarding the educational influence of CCSS. A mixed method design was utilized to conduct this study. Data was collected using PSAE test scores and academic grades earned by the Classes of 2010 and 2014 and a semi-structured survey with a 5-point Likert scale and an open-ended short answer format. The results of comparing the performance of the Class of 2010 according to IL State Standards with the Class of 2014 performance data based on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the CCSS did not yield a significant change in student’s achievement. Also, the teachers’ perceptions learned through the administration of the survey indicated an environment of educators that were not in full support of CCSS. Based on responses to several openended questions, there was a significant measure of resistance that indicated concern over the additional content that teachers were required to cover under CCSS, which forced educators to increase the pace of teaching, and thus, decrease the time allotted for individual instruction.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2014 for Olivet Nazarene University.