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Rodriguez, Mariela A.; Murakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth; Ruff, William G. – Educational Considerations, 2009
Principals in urban settings serve elementary schools often densely populated with highly mobile, ethnically diverse, and economically disadvantaged students. Due to the changing landscape of increasing accountability issues required by the "No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)" (2001), principals must adjust the mission of the school…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Federal Legislation, Economically Disadvantaged, Accountability
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Johnstone, Christopher J.; Dikkers, Amy Garrett; Luedeke, Amalia – Educational Considerations, 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…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Instructional Leadership
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Miller, Teresa Northern; Salsberry, Trudy A.; Devin, Mary A. – Educational Considerations, 2009
This study of the superintendent focus group interviews from the "Voices 3" project adds to the research base with regard to the range and nature of the types of power experienced or used by superintendents. Using the French & Raven/Andrews & Baird model of seven types of power, the authors analyzed superintendents'…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Leadership Training, Superintendents, School Districts
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2009
The purpose of this article is to illustrate how a valid and reliable state accountability system could be developed that identifies effective schools and school districts in a comprehensive, understandable, and practical way. The author presents an overview of the strategy used in the analysis, discusses the use of education production functions…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Accountability, Federal Legislation, Validity
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Phelps, James L.; Addonizio, Michael F. – Educational Considerations, 2006
How do district policies, leadership, and support services influence the quality of teaching and learning in public schools? This article uses a rich longitudinal school-level database to estimate a model of student achievement and analyzes the residuals in the model to obtain estimates of the contributions of unobserved school and school district…
Descriptors: Accountability, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Models
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Bakken, Jeffrey P.; O'Brian, Mary; Shelden, Debra L. – Educational Considerations, 2006
It is imperative for special education administrators, and all administrators, to adapt to the changing demographic and educational environments. The field of special education has changed dramatically in the last three decades, and administrators can and should be leaders of the continued evolution of special education. One useful organizing…
Descriptors: Special Education, Administrators, Administrator Role, Change
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Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Morgan, Jill – Educational Considerations, 2006
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 provided a clear mandate to school administrators to provide additional training for professional and paraprofessional staff. With its requirement that school districts must ensure that all staff are "highly qualified" for the roles assigned to them, it leaves no room for excuses or…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Regulation, Supervision, Disabilities
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Browne-Ferrigno, Tricia; Knoeppel, Robert C. – Educational Considerations, 2005
This article shares findings from an exploratory case study about an advanced leadership development program for administrator-certified practitioners in a Central Appalachian school district. The goal of the Principals Excellence Program, one of 24 projects supported by federal funds through the No Child Left Behind School Leadership Development…
Descriptors: Principals, Access to Education, Equal Education, Rural Schools