||This qualitative research examines what teachers, counselors, and principals from
three elementary schools in Orange County Schools consider to be the most important
factors that influence students’ standardized test scores. By analyzing responses
from eight interviews of representatives, this research concludes that teacher quality
is the most important factor that influences North Carolina End of Grade test scores
in Orange County. Of the four faculty members that considered teacher quality the
primary influencer, each responded with a different defining factor for teacher quality.
These factors include relationship building skills, instructional competency, classroom
management skills, and teacher leadership. The second most important factor is family
characteristics, which is broken up into race, socioeconomic status of parents, parental
involvement, having a parental figure, and pressure from parents.