ERIC Number: ED384989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Who Influences Decisionmaking about School Curriculum: What Do Principals Say? Issue Brief.
Ingersoll, Richard; Rossi, Robert
In the debate over school-management reforms, some policymakers have argued for greater accountability and centralized control, whereas others have supported greater decentralization through school-based-management approaches of various types. The 1990-91 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), provides data on educational decision making from the principal's perspective. This document describes some of the SASS findings. According to principals, public and private schools distinctly differed in who influenced decisions concerned with establishing school curriculum. Influence over curriculum appeared to be more evenly distributed in public schools than in private schools. Principals reported that teachers, principals, school boards, and state departments each had"a great deal" of influence on curriculum decision making. In contrast, a majority of private school principals perceived themselves as more strongly influential than other groups; they also regarded teachers to be key decision makers. Public-school principals in schools with fewer than 150 students were more likely to report principals and teachers as strong influences and less likely to report state departments of education and school boards as strong influences than were their counterparts in larger schools. In general, the results related to school size for private schools are less conclusive than for public schools. One table and one figure are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.