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ERIC Number: EJ1223480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Principal Leadership and Student Achievement: Decentralising School Management in Saudi Arabia
Aburizaizah, Saeed; Kim, Yoonjeon; Fuller, Bruce
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v49 n5 p795-816 2019
Saudi Arabia has expanded access to secondary schooling over the past generation, while also pushing to lift quality. This includes decentralising authority out to principals, equipping them to set higher performance expectations and deploy incentives to attract and retain strong teachers. We find wide variability in the extent to which principals display leadership behaviours, based on nationally representative school samples drawn in 2003, 2011, and 2015 for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Pupil achievement did improve across these cohorts, markedly among girls attending schools in which principals enriched the academic climate and deployed teacher incentives, after taking into account the social class background of students and the school's instructional resources. Greater availability of resources, including computing tools, improved over the period but did not account for higher achievement in mathematics. Lessons for other nations are discussed, as international donors press decentralised governance, at times ignoring local cultural and institutional contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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