ERIC Number: ED464423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Priorities and Barriers in High School Leadership: A Survey of Principals.
At the heart of every good school is a good principal who provides the necessary leadership to create an effective learning environment. Measuring the condition of high school leadership is an important part of the agenda of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). This survey is designed to add to a knowledge base about the high school principalship. The survey instrument used here was developed by the Milken Family Foundation to ascertain principal perceptions of various issues relating to teachers. Considering low student achievement, an achievement gap, high dropout rates, and the teacher shortage in this country, many high school principals recognize the need to be both manager and instructional leader. However, findings from this survey point out how difficult it is for them to assume both roles effectively, given the daily pressures of the principalship. For example, typical high school principals work more than 62 hours per week. Frequently cited roadblocks that interfere with principals' job effectiveness include the amount of time spent on administrative details, a general lack of time to do the job, apathetic or irresponsible parents, and new state guidelines and requirements. Two appendices contain the survey instrument used and survey results. (Contains 12 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Employment Experience, High Schools, Job Performance, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 703-860-0200; Web site: http://www.principals.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.; Milken Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Contributors include Rosa Aronson, Josephine Franklin, Anne Miller, Aimee Cvancara, Bob Farrace, Dick Flanary, John Nori, Pete Reed, and Jim Rourke.