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ERIC Number: ED548483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 199
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-1544-8
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School Principal Evaluation in Wyoming: Alignment between Instruments Used to Evaluate School Principals in Wyoming and the ISLLC 2008 Standards for School Leaders
Woodford, Rick
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Wyoming
This study is premised on the discrepancy that exists in the standards used to train and credential school principals and the elements of principal evaluation found on evaluation instruments used to evaluate the performance of school principals in Wyoming school districts. The purpose of this study was to explore the alignment between the ISLLC Standards and the elements found on principal evaluation instruments used to evaluate school principals in Wyoming and to investigate the commonalities and differences of these elements. Three research questions were formulated to guide this study. They are: (a) How well do the elements of principal evaluation instruments used by Wyoming school districts align with the ISLLC 2008 Standards, (b) What are the common elements of principal evaluation instruments used in Wyoming, and (c) What are the differences in the elements of principal evaluation instruments used in Wyoming? The study included a mixed methods analysis of the principal evaluation instruments used in 46 of the 48 school districts in Wyoming. Upon an initial review of each of the instruments used by the participating districts, 11 different instruments emerged from the sample. A content analysis procedure was conducted to determine how well the elements of each of the 11 principal evaluation instruments align with the ISLLC Standards and a thematic analysis procedure was conducted to investigate the commonalities and differences in the elements of the various principal evaluation instruments used by Wyoming school districts. A three-point scale was used to analyze data from each instrument in relation to the functions of the ISLLC Standards. The thematic analysis procedure identified elements of principal evaluation that exist outside the ISLLC 2008 Standards framework. Together these two procedures produced the data necessary to investigate the three initial research questions. Findings were reported for the principal evaluation instruments used by the 46 participating school districts indicating the extent that each aligns with the six ISSLC Standards. Results for the 11 instruments range from an average scale score of 1.50, indicating weak alignment, to an average scale sore of 3.0, indicating strong alignment. When averaging the scale scores produced by all 46 participating school districts, the average scale score for the entire dataset was 1.77, indicating weak alignment. Data were also analyzed by instrument type including data from each of the 11 different instruments identified in this study. A stronger average scale score of 2.23 was reported through an analysis of this smaller dataset. Findings also present a discourse of the similarities and differences found on the evaluation instruments used to evaluate school principals in Wyoming. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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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: Wyoming