Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Andrew Courtner

Second Advisor

Cherie Gaines

Third Advisor

Karen Foster


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between both student achievement and growth in 9th and 10th grade English and math courses and achievement on International Baccalaureate English and math exams. The researcher examined student end-of-course exam scores, student growth values, and International Baccalaureate English and math exam scores from an International Baccalaureate World School across 4 graduating cohorts, including 305 students. The researcher concluded that while 9th grade math end-of-course exam achievement does not significantly predict International Baccalaureate math exam scores, student growth in 9th grade math does. The researcher also concluded that Advanced Placement Language exam scores have a strong statistical relationship to International Baccalaureate English scores and can significantly predict International Baccalaureate English exam scores. Overall, the researcher concluded that both student end-of-course exam scores and student growth are statistically related to, and can predict, success on International Baccalaureate English and math exams.


International Baccalaureate, Academic achievement, English, High schools, Mathematics