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ERIC Number: ED526926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 281
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-2274-6
The Role of the Superintendent in Closing the Achievement Gap in Diverse Small School Districts
Wright, Howell, Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
The purpose of this research is to examine the superintendent's role in closing the achievement gap in a culturally diverse rural school district. This topic is especially important and timely as accountability for student and school success appears to have a national focus. The literature within the last 15 years indicates consistent methods of closing the achievement gap. However, the literature is lacking in reference to the superintendent's role in closing the gap in culturally diverse schools, especially small schools that usually lie in rural settings. This qualitative phenomenological research study used narrative inquiry to investigate the life experiences and beliefs of 8 superintendents from small districts in the state of Texas. This study incorporated recorded interview on a purposefully selected sample of superintendents of districts in central and east Texas that had successfully closed the achievement gap between students from other demographic groups and White students. The findings suggested that highly effective superintendents developed relationships with their community stakeholders, communicated their vision to the staff and community, developed a culture of high expectations for all students, conducted professional development and book studies that focused on cultural proficiency, implemented change in the district to meet the needs of all students, and worked with their board of trustees to lead the district to close the achievement gap and cultivate a culturally proficient staff. This level of commitment to leading the district to be more culturally proficient led to reducing the achievement gap in all eight districts. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas