Capstone/Dissertation Title

School Culture: Connections Between Staff Morale and Student Achievement

Term

Fall 10-7-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Christine Mason

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jennifer Schultz

Abstract

This project examined the connections between staff morale and student achievement, both negative and positive. The study attempted to discover how teacher perception of school climate affects student achievement, and how to use the results to better student success rates. The study was formulated through research and a questionnaire administered to professional educators, rating the perceived staff morale and student achievement connection in their schools. Results seemed to indicate that staff morale can affect student achievement negatively, but not so much that was perceived. Independent variables that may have affected the study were past morale levels, perception of the questionnaire, previous conversation pertaining to student achievement.

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