Education Reform in West Virginia and the Effect of District Takeover

Michael Cunningham, Eugenia Damron, Jessica Hanna


The original purpose of this venture was to provide a tool for West Virginia county school board members to perform a mandated annual self-assessment on board effectiveness and to provide appropriate feedback to them.  This tool was in the form of a survey instrument that captured both quantitative and qualitative data.  A one-way ANOVA analysis, along with descriptive statistics, and an emergent category analysis were performed to interpret the data and provide the needed feedback to the school boards.  However, a post-hoc analysis of this state-wide data (55 districts) revealed differences in the data between autonomous districts and those that had been taken-over by the West Virginia Board of Education.  Specifically, board members in takeover districts were more negative in their views about the effectiveness of their boards’ functioning.


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