Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Mountjoy

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The goal of this study was to determine the performance effects on staff and students following the reorganization of a special education facility. The organizational plan was based on the development of teaching teams where students were grouped together according to exit curricular goals. Four interventions were completed in order to assess the overall outcome of the reorganization project. At the student level, the rate of learning was monitored in order to determine whether the implementation of teams affected educational objective acquisition . At the team level, meeting agendas were surveyed to find out what effect they had on student learning rates. Finally, at the school level, both staff attendance and job turnover rates were reviewed to identify how they changed during the reorganizational project. The results of the system manipulations indicated that student performance rates remained stable during the year that program change was implemented. It was also determined that specific attention to educational problems during team meetings was associated with improved student learning. In addition, the study demonstrated that staff attendance increased and job turnover decreased following the implementation of the team teaching structure simultaneously with a set of standards, a feedback system, and a reduced contract year.