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ERIC Number: ED468347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 44
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The Administrator Paradox: More Certified, Fewer Apply.
Beaudin, Barbara Q.; Thompson, Judith S.; Jacobson, Larry
Research into school reform has established that effective leadership is essential for developing high-performing schools. But across the country public school districts are reporting a decrease in applications for administration positions. Using data from Connecticut, this paper examines administrators' and teachers' perceptions of administrative work and explores policy initiatives to recruit and retain educators for leadership positions. In Connecticut, in 1990, the median number of applicants for principal positions was 60, for superintendent, 49. By 2000, the median number of applicants for principal positions was 24, for superintendent, 16. The problem in Connecticut parallels that in the nation. The data used in this paper were drawn from personnel files in 1999 and 2000 (demographic data); the state certification file, which contained endorsements educators received; and a survey of administrators and teachers conducted in 2001. (The survey questions are included in an appendix.) From the data, the paper establishes the following strategies to address the shortage problem: (1) align compensation with job responsibilities; (2) redefine leadership roles within schools; (3) clarify school board and school administration roles; and (4) provide professional support and development opportunities for new and current administrators. (Contains 5 tables and 18 references.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut