ERIC Number: EJ709340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-1
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Sacrificing Leaders, Villainizing Leadership: How Educational Accountability Policies Impair School Leadership
McGhee, Marla W.; Nelson, Sarah W.
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n5 p367 Jan 2005
Has the culture of accountability become a culture of fear for school leaders? In this article, the authors share the stories of three successful principals whose careers and reputations were altered by the impact of a set of test scores. The authors suggest that perhaps this culture of educational accountability, created by well-intended policy makers aiming to improve schools, has instead become a culture of fear, driven by unanticipated consequences of the system. For example, school leaders, whose performance was once assessed using a variety of indicators that reflected the complexity of the job, are now finding their effectiveness determined in much narrower terms.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Fear, Accountability, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Standardized Tests, Scores, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001