ERIC Number: ED307658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Opinions about the Tennessee Career Ladder: A Statewide Survey of Tennessee Administrators. A Joint Study.
Barnette, J. Jackson; Sattes, Beth D.
In November 1987, 1,200 Tennessee administrators out of 2,800 surveyed by mail offered their opinions about Administrator Career Ladder--a new program implemented in spring 1985 as part of the State's Comprehensive Education Reform Act. Results show that educators are split over the advisability of this undertaking. Survey responses varied consistently by position and by career-ladder status. Generally, superintendents and other administrators in the upper career-ladder levels responded more positively than did lower echelon administrators. Throughout Tennessee, more administrators have chosen not to seek higher career-ladder status than have opted to participate in the system. Overall, the school administrators surveyed do not perceive that the career-ladder program has improved Tennessee schools--the original intent of the program. However, a majority of administrators believe that the career ladder has positively influenced specific aspects of education by providing opportunities for extended contracts, professional growth, leadership, classroom teaching, public financial support, and student achievement. Based on survey results, the study group has advanced several recommendations concerning program improvement, the evaluation process, personnel eligibility, salary, and research needs. The report includes 31 tables and 3 appendices: (1) survey questions generated by the study group; (2) the career-ladder survey; and (3) respondent group characteristics. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Career Ladders, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Development, Program Implementation
Publications, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($8.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Tennessee Association for School Supervision and Administration.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee