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Administrator Perceptions of School Improvement Policies in a High-Impact Policy Setting

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title Administrator Perceptions of School Improvement Policies in a High-Impact Policy Setting
 
Creator Torres, Mario S.
Zellner, Luana
Erlandson, David
 
Subject school improvement, policy, accountability, administrator perceptions, leadership
 
Description This study investigated school administrators’ perceptions of school improvement policies in a high-impact policy environment by measuring the impact of accountability, site-based management, professional development, and scheduling reform on the three dependent variables of a) academic outcomes, b) staff morale, and c) parent and community involvement. Using a convenience sampling method, 49 public school principals from Texas participated and an online survey was constructed to gather both quantitative (i.e., Likert scale) and qualitative (i.e., open ended response) data. The findings clearly point to principals, regardless of geographical district type and grade level school type, viewing less controversial and more intrinsically oriented policies (i.e., site-based management and professional development) as having a greater positive impact on outcomes as a whole than more radical alternatives (i.e., accountability and time and schedule reform). The evidence suggests that more aggressive school improvement policy approaches are likely failing to generate enough convincing outcomes to generate high commitment and confidence from school leaders. Further studies may look at the interaction of policy impact with minority student enrollments and with subgroup populations.
 
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, GMU, and UDel
 
Date 2008-09-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
mixed method
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/127
10.22230/ijepl.2008v3n7a127
 
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 3, No 7 (2008): Administrator Perceptions of School Improvement Policies in a High-Impact Policy Setting
1555-5062
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/127/53
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Mario S. Torres, Luana Zellner, David Erlandson
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