Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An assessment of leadership practice in high schools: Improving graduation rates
by Osorio, Maria Eugenia, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2016, 197; 10172672
Abstract (Summary)

This research was based on a multi-case study design focused on the leadership practice of high school principals and assistant principals and their roles in improving graduation rates. The study sought to answer one overarching research questions: In schools that demonstrate an increase in graduation rates what leadership practices are evidenced in principals and assistant principals and teacher leaders. One sub-question addressed the tools and interventions that the leadership team practices in relation to improving graduation rates and the second sub-question addressed the accountability of changing standards with respect to graduation rates. A third sub-question sought to answer how interactions of principals and assistant principals relevant to improvement in student performance are interpreted by faculty and staff. The purposeful sample from each of the three high schools consisted of one principal, four assistant principals and one teacher leader. Data collection methods included interviews, observations and qualitative document review of high school graduation rates.

The study reveals six major findings: (a) school leaders establish a clear vision, mission or goal to increase graduation rates, (b) identification, management and evaluation of academic enrichment programs are necessary interventions for student success, (c) school leaders build a culture of student learning and achievement through a system of processes, programs and support initiatives, (d) the leadership team is knowledgeable, strongly motivated and devoted to their role as leaders in serving all students, (e) school leaders use data as guiding variables in making decisions regarding at-risk student achievement and success, and (f) school leaders develop and foster positive relationships with students and teachers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Maslin-Ostrowski, Paricia
Commitee:
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Secondary education
Keywords: Comprehensive integrated leadership models, Distributed leadership, High school academic enrichment program, High school graduation rates, High school leadership, Instructional leadership
Publication Number: 10172672
ISBN: 9781369274240
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