Sarah Schultz

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


This action research study compared the ACT scores of students from an online high school and a public high school in Sioux Center, Iowa. ACT scores in Reading, Math and the Composite score were collected for both groups and then the mean was taken for each group. A t-test was performed to evaluate if there is a significant difference in student performance between online delivery and face to face educational delivery. The result shows that online students outperform public school students in the reading portion of the exam; while the public school students out-perform on the math portion showing no statistical difference in the composite. This suggests that online and public students perform similarly overall on the ACT and that further study is warranted on this topic.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education