Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Shannon Collins

Second Advisor

Ashley Stanley

Third Advisor

Kristin Hudson


The researcher examined the experiences of fourth-grade students as they prepared for and took the TNReady assessment, which is considered a high-stakes test. The sample size consisted of three boys and two girls who attended a private school located in rural Southeastern Tennessee. Through drawing protocols, interviews, and student writings. The researcher found the boys in this study experienced more anxiety as compared to the girls when it came to preparing and taking the TNReady assessment. The researcher also found that students emphasized the role of the teacher in helping them deal with anxiety that they experienced. Research regarding how elementary-age students experience preparing for and taking high-stake assessments needs to be expanded to understand the effects of high-stakes testing on young students.


Elementary education, Test anxiety, TN Ready, Tennessee, Standardized testing