Perceived superintendents' leadership and student performance in Region V Education Service Center: a cohort study
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The intent of this study was to measure the perceived superintendentsÃ¢ÂÂ leadership practices in relation to student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in Region V Education Service Center, Texas. This is one of four cohort studies conducted in Region V that assessed the relationship between student performance and leadership practices. The study compared selected District Education Improvement Committee (DEIC) members and superintendent perceptions of superintendent leadership practices as measured by the Kouzes and Posner (2003) Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The study was also designed to determine if selected demographic variables impact the perceived leadership practices of the two identified groups. The research procedures included an analysis of the responses from superintendents and selected DEIC members to the Leadership Practices Inventory assessment of five identified leadership practices, Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act. and Encourage the Heart. Twenty-eight of the possible 30 school districts participated in this study. Student performance data for each district were obtained from the Texas Education Agency Academic Excellence Indicator System. The results of this study indicate that neither a linear relationship nor a statisti-cally significant relationship exists between student performance, as measured by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), and leadership practices as per-ceived by selected DEIC committee members and superintendents. While the total LPI scores for the five identified leadership practices revealed no statistical signifi-cance; further statistical analysis revealed significance for two domains, Inspire a Shared Vision and Challenge the Process. The study also indicates that participating superintendents commonly perceived themselves higher in regard to leadership practices than did their observers (DEIC members); however, statistical significance for superintendent ratings was only realized in three of the five leadership practices: Model the Way, Challenge the Process, and Enable Others to Act. The frequency of use for each practice as ranked by superintendents and their observers indicate that Model the Way and Inspire a Shared Vision are practiced more frequently than Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.
Brent, Fred Martin (2003). Perceived superintendents' leadership and student performance in Region V Education Service Center: a cohort study. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from