Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Second Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson

Third Advisor

Dr. Hilda Silva


This quantitative study unfolds the amount of a relationship a principal's emotional intelligence, leadership style, and student achievement has in high poverty schools. Principal's emotional quotient was measured using the MSCEIT assessment in four areas: perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and managing emotions. Leadership style was measured using the MLQ 5X survey through the lens of their teachers, classifying a principal as a transformational, transactional, or passive leader. 2019 Texas Academic Progress Reports reading and mathematics scores were used for participating principals. The sample included eight participating school districts is the South Texas region, in which a range of elementary to high school principals were used for the study. The total sample of principal participants consisted of 69 principals. A regression analysis was used to examine the relationship among variables. The study revealed how strong the relationship between the two dependent variables: mathematics and reading achievement scores, and the three independent variables: EQ total score, gender, and leadership style are. For each dependent variable in place,independent variables impacted student achievement in high poverty schools differently. The study revealed a stronger relationship between the reading achievement scores and the predictor variables over mathematics achievement scores in high poverty schools.


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