Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Education Policy, Planning, and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Heather Schugar, PhD

Committee Member

Merry Staulters, PhD

Committee Member

Noreen O'Neill, PhD


This instrumental case study examines teacher completion of behavior rating scales for their students diagnosed with ADHD. The researcher used a qualitative approach following Stake’s (1995) approach. Surveys, interviews, classroom observations and review of behavior rating scales were completed to answer the main research question of what information does a teacher use when completing the behavior rating scales for students? Results of the study identified that teachers rely on background knowledge including upbringing when completing the behavior rating scales. Collegial conversations also help to determine the ratings teachers assign to behavior rating scales.

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