Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Tamara J. Williams


Increased accountability requirements have created a focus on assessments. As schools and districts work to meet federal and state requirements by demonstrating student progress as indicated by high stakes testing, assessment data literacy has become a necessary skill for educators to possess. Districts and schools need to ensure assessment literacy training has occurred that relates to the current tests being utilized. When assessments change, there is a need to understand the new assessment system, including the administration of the test. However, there is a greater need to use assessment data to modify instruction to meet all students’ needs. Knowledge of assessment literacy is critical not only for educators, but all stakeholders, so that data can be used more effectively. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the implementation of one district’s professional development for assessment data literacy. The progress of educators’ knowledge, skills, and application of assessment data literacy was examined as well as support that the educators received. Results indicated that overall progress had been made in educators’ overall understanding of assessment data literacy especially pertaining to knowledge of the foundational assessment concepts.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2020 Janet A. Zahm.

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