ERIC Number: ED454281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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The Influence of Principal Transformational Leadership Style on High School Proficiency Test Results in New Jersey Comprehensive and Vocational-Technical High Schools.
Verona, Gail S.; Young, John W.
The New Jersey High School Proficiency Test (HSPT) is a "high stakes" test administered as a graduation requirement to all 11th grade students in New Jersey high schools. High school principals have been held increasingly accountable for successful HSPT scores. This study used Leithwood's model of transformational leadership (K. Leithwood, 1994), which adapts Bass and Avolio's (B. Bass and B. Avolio, 1997) transformational and transactional leadership theory to schools, to conceptualize principal leadership. The researchers used a statistical regression model to analyze quantitative data from a questionnaire completed by 57 principals and conducted interviews with 4 principals and 8 teachers to investigate the relationship between principal transformational leadership style and other selected variables on HSPT passing rates in vocational and comprehensive high schools. The main result of the study is that transformational leadership of principals significantly affects HSPT passing rates in reading, mathematics, writing, and all sections combined. The results also show that to achieve the same HSPT passing rates, stronger transformational leadership is needed in vocational schools compared to comprehensive high schools. In addition, the findings show that student attendance rate and eligibility for free or reduced price lunch each have a significant effect on HSPT passing rates, whereas enrollment size and mobility rate have no effect on HSPT passing rates. (Contains 1 table and 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey High School Proficiency Test