Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Dr. Yasemin Gunpinar


Curriculum and Instruction


"Abstract This action research report explores classroom environment interventions used to improve mathematics assessment scores and the effects of anxiety on those scores. This paper identifies that to increase academic performance on math assessments, a person should consider physical and human components, whether it is within the physical movement in the classroom, teacher-student proximity, or student self-assessment (e.g., attitude, growth mindset, focus/engagement). This research also suggests that teachers and students need to be relieved of the negative effects of pressure in a school’s testing culture. The conclusion gathered from this research suggests that students benefit from increased movement during assessments and from creating an environment without the use of the word “test” or the use of standardized high stakes teaching practices."