Date of Award


Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education

Dissertation Committee

Susan M. Zgliczynski, PhD, Director; Edward Kujawa Jr., PhD; Johanna S. Hunsaker, PhD


academic services, assessment tool, children & youth, evaluation, Leadership studies, private learning center, San Diego (California), school administrators


Evaluation information for private learning centers in the United States is limited. Detailed evaluation data regarding instructional services provided; learning center relationships with students, parents, and schools; and administrative policies is almost non-existent. School administrators need a reliable, cost-effective means of assessing private learning centers that their students might attend for supplemental instruction. The purpose of this study was to develop an evaluation paradigm named the Learning Center Assessment Tool (LCAT) for the assessment of academic services of a private learning center to be used by local school districts personnel. A synthesis of the literature was used to develop components of the LCAT. Superintendents from San Diego County, California were asked to participate in a preliminary assessment of the LCAT. They reviewed it for content, language, and suitability as an evaluation instrument. Three private learning center directors also reviewed the LCAT for usability, content, language, and suitability. The LCAT was revised based upon their recommendations and then used in an operational field study by three educators to evaluate a private learning center. Based upon feedback from the operational field study, the LCAT was revised again, and presented as a useful instrument for the measurement of the academic services of a private learning center. The format allows a private learning center to provide the requested information on a form which school district personnel can evaluate.

Document Type

Dissertation: Open Access