This paper summarizes research regarding the changing role of the principal and methods for assessing school-communication skills within a competency-based educational administration program. It examines the leadership-competency areas of the principalship and describes how expanding school-communication skills may enhance the principal's capability for meeting new demands. A comprehensive system for assessing principals' school-communication skills is presented. An assessment scale, exit interview questions and acceptable answers for assessing whether the assessee has knowledge of communications skills of the principal, case scenarios, evaluation forms, and case studies are included. Contains 37 references. (LMI)
Paper presented at the Meeting of the Management Institute (Hilton Head, SC, February 17-21, 1995).