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Title:A study of principal evaluation in Illinois high school districts: Current practices and procedures compared with best practice as articulated by the Personnel Evaluation Standards
Author(s):Black, Kathleen Weber
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McGreal, Thomas L.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Abstract:The basic purpose of this study was to determine the current status of principal evaluation in Illinois high school districts and to compare them with best practice as articulated by the Personnel Evaluation Standards. The six research questions that prompted this study were: (a) What is the purpose of the evaluation system set up for principals? (b) What type of criteria is used? (c) Are standards set for each of the criteria? (d) What data (instruments/evidence) are used in the process? (e) Who is involved in the evaluation process? and (f) How do the evaluation systems compare with the Personnel Evaluation Standards as articulated by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation?
Data were collected via a written closed-choice questionnaire sent to all of the 108 high school districts in Illinois. Eighty-nine respondents submitted usable questionnaires, providing an 82% response rate. Results were analyzed in terms of size and district location (urban, suburban, and rural) using the chi-square statistic and frequencies were reported for the response categories.
The following are conclusions based on the findings of this study: (a) Districts should explicitly state the purpose of their evaluation system to reflect the district's purposes, needs and context; (b) districts should examine, identify, and define their criteria and develop clear levels of performance to measure it; (c) districts should consider the use of multiple sources of data, along with the use of reliable and valid instruments; (d) procedures related to disciplinary steps and termination should be reviewed to address due process concerns; (e) districts should review Personnel Evaluation Standards to develop appropriate evaluation systems; (f) Administrator Academies and higher learning institutions may want to incorporate the use of Personnel Standards within their seminars; (g) studies should be conducted to determine the type of criteria used and the use of multiple sources of input; and (h) qualitative studies should be conducted to allow for more in-depth understanding of evaluation practices.
The findings of this study should prove valuable to the Illinois State Board of Education, to districts, and to researchers as it provides the groundwork for comparisons among districts.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Black, Kathleen Weber
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9624291
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9624291

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