ERIC Number: ED335776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Education Reform Mandates on Factors Related to the Success of High School Principals. Research Monograph.
Cook, Jerry Wayne; Turner, Lynn
Certain factors have been identified as crucial for the success of principals of large high schools (Woolley 1977; Prine 1983). Findings from a study to determine if these previously identified factors have withstood the impact of the education reform movement of the 1980s are presented in this paper. Specifically, the study sought to determine the impact of education reform mandates on 50 of the factors and their relationships to the success of principals of large high schools. Opinions regarding the importance of the success factors held by Texas superintendents and principals in 1983, prior to education reform mandates, were compared with those held by a comparable group in 1989, following mandate legislation. A survey of 244 principals of large high schools, 108 district superintendents, and 320 teachers yielded response rates of 77, 78, and 71 percent, respectively. Findings indicate that the level of importance assigned to the 50 success factors by superintendents and principals has remained stable and consensual over time. Personal characteristics, human relations, and school management were ranked as the most important factors over time by all three groups. Findings also suggest that the reform movement has stimulated additional factors, such as instructional leadership, teacher appraisal, conferencing skills, and discipline management. As more reform mandates occur, an administrator support system is recommended. Five tables are included. The appendix contains a summary of responses and mean scores. (105 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: East Texas School Study Council, Commerce.