Thesis Title

Student Perceptions of the Effect of Teacher Turnover on Passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Graduation Date

Spring 2007

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


The purpose of this study is to examine how students with special education needs perceive teacher turnover on their ability to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Participants were students with special education needs in grades 11th and 12th since; beginning in 2007 this group has to pass the California’s California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in order to earn a high school diploma. This study was conducted in a suburban East San Francisco Bay Area school district. The district is one of the largest school districts in the state of California, with over 56 school sites and programs. A survey was conducted asking a series of questions about how students perceived their reaction to teacher turnover and its impact on their achievement in terms of grades and performance on the exit exam. The survey participants were asked seven questions concerning their demographics and how teacher turnover impacted their grades and scores on the California High School Exit Exam. This study verifies past research in that 59% of respondents indicated that teacher turnover had an impact on their academic success. This research indicates that the effect of teacher turnover on student achievement is an important factor.

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