ERIC Number: ED333540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Principal Assessment: Effective or Not? A Meta-Analytic Model.
Pantili, Linda; And Others
The effectiveness of assessment centers in evaluating desirable criteria for the principalship is examined in this report, with a focus on the identification of the most effective evaluation criteria. This study explored a variety of factors in the preparation of school personnel for assessment, the actual National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) assessment process, and the outcomes of the process. Methodology involved a series of meta-analyses to integrate factors internal and external to the NASSP assessment center process into a consistent theoretical framework for the improvement of principal preparation, assessment, selection, and performance. A model for future assessment center programs is proposed. Data were collected from 32 published and unpublished studies. Quantitative analysis computed the effect sizes of variables, and qualitative methodology generated an importance ranking of skill dimensions and a content analysis of common variable concepts. Findings indicate that leadership is the single greatest factor that affects administrative potential; race and gender had insignificant effects on performance dimension scores. In general, findings substantiate the validity of the assessment process in construct, content, and criteria. Recommendations are made for improving the quality of data for validity studies and for revising current preparation and assessment programs to more accurately reflect performance expectations in actual principal selection. Two figures are included. Appendices include a description of the studies, categorization of study types, and variables in the meta-analytic model. (38 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Association Secondary School Principals
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).