ERIC Number: ED353303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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An Analysis of the Evaluation Processes Used by Arkansas School Boards To Evaluate Superintendents.
Edington, John M., III; Enger, John M.
This study examined evaluation processes used by Arkansas school boards to evaluate their superintendents, and compared the data with results from a recent national survey reporting techniques used in the evaluation of superintendents, data about who had input in conducting the evaluation, criteria used in the evaluation process, and traits of an effective superintendent. School board presidents (SBPs) throughout Arkansas were sent an anonymous two-page questionnaire, which included questions from the 1989 Educational Research Service Survey about the frequency, criteria, techniques, and types of evaluations used by their school boards to evaluate superintendents. Ninety-three of 161 questionnaires were returned (a 57.8 percent response rate). About two-thirds of the Arkansas SBPs reported that formal evaluations of the superintendent were conducted in their districts. Nationally, little difference was noted in the proportions of districts conducting formal evaluations of their superintendents. In Arkansas, significantly more larger districts reported formal evaluations of the superintendent than did smaller districts. Compared to the national study, significantly more districts in Arkansas with formal evaluations reported that the superintendent's compensation should be based on the evaluation; however, Arkansas SBPs reported similar importance for six of eight criteria used in evaluating the superintendent's effectiveness. Arkansas SBPs placed more importance on leadership and knowledge of the field. (RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas