A regional area of a school district in central Florida used the implementation of a house system as a school improvement intervention to impact school climate and academic achievement. The purpose of this study was to determine if a house system is an effective school improvement intervention that has a positive effect on school climate and academic achievement of students in elementary schools. Four research questions were developed to investigate if there was a difference in elementary schools that implemented a house system and ones that did not during the 2018-2019 school year. All schools included in the study had 5th grade students who responded to Cognia© elementary student survey. Those responses were used to study school climate. Historical attendance and suspension data for school year 2018-2019 was also used. The scale scores from the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) were used to measure student achievement in reading and math. Of the six schools included in this study it was found that the implementation of a house system did have an impact on suspensions and student achievement on standardized tests in reading and mathematics. There was no evidence to support the implementation of a house system having an impact on school climate and student attendance. This study adds to the literature of the impact of a house system on elementary schools. The findings of this research have implications for further research on the house system as an intervention to improve academic achievement in reading and math at elementary schools.
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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
Educational Leadership and Higher Education
Educational Leadership; Executive
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Clenton-Martin, Carol-Ann, "The Effects of a House System on School Improvement in Elementary Schools: School Climate and Academic Achievement" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 666.