Abstract Czerwonka - Variance of Student Achievement Based on High School Principal Leadership Practices, Size of High School, and Tenure of Principal

Variance of Student Achievement Based on High School Principal Leadership Practices, Size of High School, and Tenure of Principal

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TITLE: Variance of Student Achievement Based on High School Principal Leadership Practices, Size of High School, and Tenure of Principal
 
RESEARCHER: Fred L. Czerwonka
School of Education
Saint Louis University
Unpublished doctoral dissertation: June 2005

OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to determine if student achievement on state assessments in tenth grade mathematics and eleventh grade communication arts vary as a function of leadership practices, size of high school student population, and tenure of the high school principal.

METHODOLOGY
The sample consisted of a stratified random sample (N = 163) of all accredited high schools in Missouri (N = 494), and 58 participated, representing 35.6 percent of the population. Small high schools had up to 499 students (N = 23), medium-sized districts were from 500 to 1499 (N = 15) and large districts had over 1500 students (N = 12). There were three categories of principal tenure: 3-10 years (N = 38), 11-18 years (N = 11) and 19-26 years of experience (N = 1). Respondents completed the self version of the Leadership Practices Inventory.

KEY FINDINGS
Student achievement on mathematics and communication arts performance was not found to vary as a function of the leadership practices of high school principals or their tenure. The variance on school size was significant.

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