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ERIC Number: EJ811562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
School Board Member and Superintendent Turnover and the Influence on Student Achievement: An Application of the Dissatisfaction Theory
Alsbury, Thomas L.
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v7 n2 p202-229 Apr 2008
District-level leadership often has been perceived as irrelevant to educational reform. This study compared district political and apolitical board and superintendent turnover to student performance change on the state criterion-referenced test. Results included student test score decline as board turnover increased, particularly in smaller districts and when delineating politically motivated board turnover. Also, student test scores declined in small, rural districts where there was no superintendent change over the course of the eight-year study. Conclusions included support for the dissatisfaction theory, which predicts that politically motivated board and superintendent turnover may influence student performance. (Contains 5 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A