Aaron Vitt, superintendent of the Paris R-II School District, completed his work for a doctorate in education administration from William Woods University last month.

Just call him Dr. Vitt.

Aaron Vitt, superintendent of the Paris R-II School District, completed his work for a doctorate in education administration from William Woods University last month, with the final step of defending his dissertation, a study that researched the effectiveness of implementing high school exit exams in order to increase student achievement.

With emphasis in many states on measuring education outcomes, his dissertation covered a timely subject.

“The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not student achievement, as measured by a nationally normed achievement test, the ACT, in states that implemented high school exit exams increased as a result of No Child Left Behind compared to students taught in states that did not require high school exit exams,” Vitt said.

Vitt said the study examined how factors such as socioeconomic status, race and gender affected the relationship between requiring a high school exit exam or not. His study concluded that there was no difference in college-entrance exam score for those who took the high school exit exams versus those who did not.

“Students in states that required a high school exit exam did not perform better on the ACT than students in states that did not require a high school exit exam,” he said of his research. “Other research found that requiring the passage of a high school exit exam lead to negative consequences for students without increasing student achievement. I am much better at examining multiple sides of an issue and seeking more information as a result of this journey.”

Vitt has been superintendent of Paris Schools since July 2015. He graduated from Moberly High School in 1987.

Vitt received an undergraduate degree in education with emphasis in social studies from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) in Springfield in 1992, and taught for two years in Farmington.

He returned to Moberly in 1994, teaching geography and history for 10 years. While teaching, he worked on a master’s degree at the University of Missouri, earning a graduate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in December 2005.

Vitt served as an assistant principal at Moberly High School for a year and a half; spent a half year as assistant principal at the district’s middle school; served two years as the middle school principal.

From 2008 until May of 2015, he was the Moberly High School principal.