ERIC Number: ED484396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-30
Reference Count: 33
Understanding How Principals Use Data in a New Environment of Accountability
Englert, Kerry; Fries, Dawn; Goodwin, Bryan; Martin-Glenn, Mya; Michael, Sheri
US Department of Education
This study helps to illuminate how a group of principals use data in light of new state and national requirements for accountability. On a very positive note, the responding principals reported using data to a great extent in their own practices, and they are encouraging their staff to use data in ways that align with the notion of effective accountability practices in accordance with many of the policies identified in the research literature. Ideally, following these practices will result in improved pedagogy and help inform curricular decisions. For example, principals overwhelmingly reported holding all of their students to high standards and ensuring that staff understand and support this philosophy. Many principals also expressed an interest in learning the most effective strategies for using accountability data in ways that will improve student learning and achievement. Though the results from this study provide useful information about self reported principal practices, additional data are needed to obtain a more complete picture of the impact of accountability in this study.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.