Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Nick Richter

Second Advisor

Dr. Keith Larick

Third Advisor

Dr. Patrick Ainsworth


This Delphi study involved examining the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in small school districts of Northern California. This dissertation presents an overview of CCSS implementation, a review of the literature, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, research questions, significance, and the anticipated methodology for the intended qualitative research design. The review of literature explores the historical context of education in the United States and increasingly focuses on the new national Common Core State Standards and their implementation in small school districts.

The Delphi study uses the participants’ opinions to identify CCSS implementation strategies and related organizational factors that are perceived as necessary for successful implementation in small school districts in northern California. The researcher provides a detailed analysis of the experts’ opinions and offers findings, conclusions, and recommendations for future study.