ERIC Number: ED440466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-29
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Superintendent Leadership for Accountability in a Site-Based Decision Making Context: A Balancing Act.
Ovando, Martha N.; Grosch, Malinda A.
This report examines the balance that exists between school-based management mandates and the superintendent's ultimate responsibility for student performance in Texas. It claims that the literature on school-based management stipulates that states must transfer authority, responsibility, and accountability from the central office to the school level. This assumption has implications for the role of the superintendent, central office, staff, principals, and teachers. To examine this transfer, a school district in Texas with a student population of over 10,000 students, with a reputation for having adopted a decentralized approach to school management, and where the superintendent has been in office for over 3 years, was chosen for study. Analysis reveals that balancing school-based management with ultimate school-district responsibility was a complicated issue. In the case study, the superintendent was able to manage and balance the devolvement of authority, responsibility, and accountability to the campus level while still maintaining ultimate responsibility, demonstrating that what supported this balancing act was the superintendent's clearly articulated vision that permeated the organization, an organizational structure that he helped develop to support school-based management. The superintendent displayed an unusual amount of trust for members of the organization, trust that was reciprocated. (Contains 55 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Texas