Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in School Leadership


Center for Leadership & Learning


College of Education

Committee Chair

Dr. Christopher E. Trombly

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Freeman

Third Committee Member

Dr. Tony Prothro

Dean of Graduate College

Dr. Mary B. Gunter


The following question was used to guide this study and to assist in better understanding the impact that school boards have on district achievement: What is the relationship between school board practices, as measured by the Effective Board Leadership Practices Survey (EBLPS), and district achievement as measured by Arkansas’ A-F Rating System? This quantitative research study employed correlational analyses and Independent Samples t-Tests to explore the relationship between effective school board leadership practices and district student achievement in Arkansas. Participants selected for the sample consisted of board members in 32 districts where at least three of the board members and their superintendent completed the survey. Analysis of the data revealed that there was no significant relationship between the school boards’ total mean selfrating scores on the EBLPS and the 2-year average A-F rating scores assigned to the districts. This study offers implications for prescribed professional development for school boards members and superintendents as well as suggestions for future research.