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ERIC Number: EJ849040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Educational Leadership in the Era of Accountability
Johnstone, Christopher J.; Dikkers, Amy Garrett; Luedeke, Amalia
Educational Considerations, v36 n2 p14-18 Spr 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent superintendents' leadership practices are influenced by the contemporary focus on the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 (NCLB). The authors hypothesized that a national policy as pervasive as "NCLB" would have an impact on how superintendents lead, and they sought to identify specific aspects of leadership that have emerged during the current era of accountability. Results indicated that "NCLB" has had tremendous impact on the work of school superintendents. The political dimensions of the Act have tapped into the emotions and actions of superintendents. Components of "NCLB," such as high-stakes testing, requirements for highly qualified teachers, and success of all subgroups on "NCLB" measures have been some of the greatest challenges. Despite these challenges some (not all) superintendents supported all or part of the Act's intentions and procedures. It was evident from superintendents' comments that implementation of national policy at the local level was complex and layered. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001