ERIC Number: ED458693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-8
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Transformational Leadership, Student Achievement, and School District Financial and Demographic Factors.
Wooderson-Perzan, Melinda; Lunenburg, Fred C.
This paper explores whether or not there is a statistically significant relationship between superintendent leadership styles and selected financial and demographic factors in Texas school districts. Specifically, it examines the relationship between superintendent leadership styles and (a) student achievement as evidenced by district ratings, and (b) selected school district financial and demographic factors. It also asks whether pupil-teacher ratios, instructional expenditures, and socioeconomic status are consistently and significantly related to student achievement. To answer these questions, researchers chose a random sample of school districts in each of the three district rating categories of exemplary, recognized, and academically acceptable. The findings show that superintendents were male by a ratio of six to one. More than 63 percent of the exemplary school districts contained high schools with an enrollment of 169 students or less. As regards leadership style, perceived leadership did not vary among exemplary, recognized, and acceptable school districts. However, districts with large populations of economically disadvantaged students did succeed when the school district had strong and purposeful leadership. The data suggest a need for superintendents to understand and act on racial inequities, focus on nonnative students and multicultural populations, and deal with the consequences of societal problems, rather than budgeting, finance, and legal issues. (Contains 27 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Texas