Interstate school leaders licensure consortium standards for school leaders : a pilot study

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Richard Neilson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Catherine Nesbit

Abstract: In 1996, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) developed their Standards for School Leaders for what they describe as those topics that formed the heart and soul of effective leadership. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now require a licensure exam for all new administrators based on these standards of leadership. The purpose of this pilot study was to establish the feasibility and usefulness of the research model and data collection instruments for a future larger study to test the prevailing assumption that school administrators who adhere to the ISLLC Standards will have academically successful schools as determined by federally approved state standardized testing. Data regarding the academic performance of three middle schools was collected from North Carolina ABCs school report cards, and No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress statistics. School Improvement Plans were reviewed for evidence relating to the ISLLC Standards, principals and teachers were surveyed regarding administrator attitudes and assumptions concerning the ISLLC Standards, and the administrators’ activities as they related to the ISLLC Standards were observed and recorded during a school day. It is apparent as a result of this pilot study that the research model proved sound and that professional standards such as those articulated by ISLLC may have an affect on student achievement. But, one must also take into account the socio-economics of the school system, students, and community when determining the impact of professional standards on academic performance.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of School Administration
Language: English
Date: 2009
Educational leadership--Standards--United States, Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, School management and organization--United States
Educational leadership -- Standards -- United States
School management and organization -- United States
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium

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