Culture factor differences between Missouri's high poverty gold star and high poverty non-gold star schools as determined by the Missouri advanced questionaire
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This study sought to identify if differences existed in the responses collected from Missouri's Advanced Questionnaire survey between high achieving and low-achieving schools across Missouri. Both groups of schools were identified as schools with greater than 50% of students on free or reduced lunch. In total, survey responses were collected from 1,645 faculty members between 2007-2012. A t-test analysis was conducted to determine if there were significant differences in the responses collected from the 2 groups of schools. Conclusions indicate the instrument was reliable and valid. The study revealed location characteristics with high poverty Gold Star Schools. Further, Survey response analysis yielded 3 of 4 components of culture that correlate with student achievement levels in high poverty schools across Missouri.