Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Brett Geier

Second Advisor

Dr. Chandra Youngblood

Third Advisor

Dr. LaSonja Roberts


Guaranteed, viable, achievement, curriculum, implementation

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A guaranteed and viable curriculum (GVC) outlines what standards are taught and when; ultimately providing all students with the opportunity to learn identified content over the course of a school year. This paper reviews the impact of implementing a guaranteed and viable English Language Arts curriculum and specific adult practices on ELA proficiency in Battle Creek Public Schools.

This project largely seeks to identify how Battle Creek Public Schools is implementing their English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum in 3rd through 5th grade classes, the adult practice data that contributed to the implementation, and to what degree it is having an impact in individual schools ELA proficiency. My research finds that school leader and teacher turnover, as well as the level in which identified schools are implementing very targeted adult practices are important contributing variables to the impact of a GVC on student achievement. It is hoped that this study brings awareness to the positive impact of implementing research based adult practices, and a guaranteed and viable ELA curriculum on student achievement proficiency levels.