What Makes Them the Best? An Analysis of the Relationship between State Education Quality and Principal Preparation Practices

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title What Makes Them the Best? An Analysis of the Relationship between State Education Quality and Principal Preparation Practices
 
Creator Dodson, Richard L.
 
Subject Leadership
Principal Preparation Program, Field Experiences, Critical Success Factors, Internship, data analysis
 
Description This paper examines the relationship between principals’ training experiences and perceived school quality in seven U.S. states. Current school principals were surveyed regarding their perceptions of the comparative effectiveness of field experiences in the principal preparation program (PPP) each attended. States were selected to represent high, middle, and low scorers in the annual Education Week “Quality Counts” report. Surveys were emailed to school principals in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Dakota; the response rate was over 17%. Most respondents completed field experiences as part of their PPPs and considered many of those experiences to have been valuable learning tools. Principals from the highest-ranked states identified data-driven analysis as having helped prepare them the most, while principals from two of the three lowest-ranked states mentioned working with curriculum, data analysis, & involvement in teacher observations and/or evaluations as field experiences that helped prepare them the most. This research found strong support for expanding the use of field experiences in principal training, especially as part of a longer PPP period or internship. It also indicates a need for more budget and finance training; teacher observation and evaluation training; curriculum training; and student discipline training.
 
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, and GMU
 
Contributor only myself - Richard L. Dodson
 
Date 2015-12-14
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
Qualitative
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/634
 
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 10, No 7 (2015): What Makes Them the Best? An Analysis of the Relationship between State Education Quality and Principal Preparation...
1555-5062
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/634/152
http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/downloadSuppFile/634/105
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Richard L. Dodson
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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