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Selecting Criteria For The Evaluation Of District Level Curriculum Administrators Based On Item Discrimination Power , Charles E. Ruebling Jan 1991

Selecting Criteria For The Evaluation Of District Level Curriculum Administrators Based On Item Discrimination Power , Charles E. Ruebling

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Among the approaches to increasing the quality of education is a focus on the performance improvement of individuals relative to important job responsibilities, competencies, and outcomes. The purpose of this study was to identify valid, reliable, and discriminating performance evaluation items for district level curriculum administrators;A 54-item evaluation questionnaire was created based on a review of literature that included the roles of curriculum administrators and the characteristics of effective school districts. Job descriptions and evaluation instruments from school districts were also reviewed. The items were classified as job responsibilities, job competencies, or job outcomes. A five-point Likert type scale ...


An Examination Of School Climate As It Relates To The Classified Staff , Linda Mae Turner Fortenberry Jan 1991

An Examination Of School Climate As It Relates To The Classified Staff , Linda Mae Turner Fortenberry

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of the study was to determine if the school's climate is a pervasive concept or if teachers and classified staff have a different view of life in the school. The study was designed to determine if there were differences in how certified staff view the school and if the perceptions of the school-based classified staff differ by buildings. The study also examined the influence of six selected factors on the perceptions of classified staff;Two hundred fifty-five certified staff members and one hundred ninety-three classified staff members completed the survey instruments. Two instruments were used: (1 ...


Development And Feasibility Study Of A Teacher Performance-Based Pay Plan , Terry Andrew Elfrink Jan 1991

Development And Feasibility Study Of A Teacher Performance-Based Pay Plan , Terry Andrew Elfrink

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to develop a turnkey model of a more comprehensive and accurate merit pay plan based on the total systems approach to teacher evaluation. This study reviewed the current incentive pay literature and validated the need, potential format, variables, and procedures for the development and implementation of the plan's algorithms. Finally, this study examined the cost feasibility of the model in terms of teacher compensation using a California school district's financial infrastructure;The review of literature substantiated three overwhelming reasons for the use of teacher performance-based pay plans: (1) to increase recruitment ...


Teacher Performance Evaluation: A Nationwide Status Report Of The Procedures And Models In Use , Richard J. Wiederhold Jan 1991

Teacher Performance Evaluation: A Nationwide Status Report Of The Procedures And Models In Use , Richard J. Wiederhold

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This national study served to provide a status report of the teacher performance evaluation components, procedures and models in use. The mandates relating to teacher performance evaluation were collected from each of the fifty states. These data were analyzed, and nine of the fifty states were identified as mandating the teacher performance evaluation system that the school districts must use. From those states not having mandated systems, there were 700 school districts identified and surveyed. A total of 444 districts, or 63% of the sample, responded to the survey;The analysis of the collected data was designed to identify the ...


Developing And Testing The Feasibility Of A Microcomputer System For Assisting In Evaluation And Supervision For Principal Performance Improvement , Rosemary D. Noel Jan 1991

Developing And Testing The Feasibility Of A Microcomputer System For Assisting In Evaluation And Supervision For Principal Performance Improvement , Rosemary D. Noel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to test the feasibility of modifying the CATE/S microcomputer system from a teacher evaluation tool to one to assist in the evaluation and improvement of principal performance. The development of a bank of professional growth plans to be generated from the modified, software package and a substantive review of the literature were also contributions to the field of knowledge. Two circumstances that served as motivational factors initiating this study were the need for increased accountability, resulting in a quest for improved principal performance evaluation, and the research finding that effective instruction is strongly related to ...


An Analysis Of Pay For Performance Plans In Iowa Schools , Veronica Waterman Stalker Jan 1991

An Analysis Of Pay For Performance Plans In Iowa Schools , Veronica Waterman Stalker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

To attract the best people to teaching, and to keep good teachers, schools must begin paying for actual performance. Legislation enacted in Iowa in 1987 established the Educational Excellence Program, "... a performance-based pay plan for teachers who demonstrate superior performance in completing assigned duties.";This study seeks to determine what within-district factors are present which support the selection and development of a pay-for-performance plan. The following questions more specifically address the problem: (1) What conditions or attitudes are present in districts which adopt a pay-for-performance plan? (2) Does a relationship exist between the development of a pay-for-performance plan and the ...


Identifying And Analyzing The Factors Utilized By Superintendents In Achieving Their "Personal Best" In Education , David L. Long Jan 1991

Identifying And Analyzing The Factors Utilized By Superintendents In Achieving Their "Personal Best" In Education , David L. Long

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The major purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the factors utilized by superintendents in achieving their "personal best" in education. The data for this study were gathered from fifty-two superintendents from California, Iowa, Missouri, and New York during the months of December 1989 and January 1990. The superintendents each filled out and returned a "Personal Best Survey" from which the data for the study were gleaned;Major findings of this study include: (1) The most frequently used practices utilized by superintendents in achieving their personal best effort were delineated. The most frequently used practice reported by superintendents ...


An Analysis Of Perceptions Of Shared Decision Making In Early Stages Of Implementation As Related To Selected Factors Associated With School Improvement , Thomas J. Renze Jan 1991

An Analysis Of Perceptions Of Shared Decision Making In Early Stages Of Implementation As Related To Selected Factors Associated With School Improvement , Thomas J. Renze

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study analyzed perceptions of shared decision making (SDM) in early stages of implementation as related to selected factors associated with school improvement. The selected factors were restructuring of roles and decision-making processes, empowerment, involvement in decisions, collegiality, collaboration, and teaching and learning;Data were collected from the Marshalltown Community School District's Shared Decision Making project during the 1990-91 school year. Two methods were used to collect data. The first was a 52-item survey of all district staff members (N = 602) in January, 1991. The return rate was 64%. Survey data were disaggregated according to job categories and according ...


A Case Study Of A Midwestern High School Using Joyce's Model To Implement A Complex School Improvement Innovation: Authentic Assessment , Ann W. Johnson Jan 1991

A Case Study Of A Midwestern High School Using Joyce's Model To Implement A Complex School Improvement Innovation: Authentic Assessment , Ann W. Johnson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to examine factors that affected the implementation of a complex innovation--authentic assessment and the effect the professional development paradigm consisting of a training design (i.e., theory, demonstration/model, practice, feedback, and coaching) and support structure (i.e., study group and staff development specialists) had on the process. Its specific purposes included: (1) to determine the extent the professional development paradigm influenced the Levels of Use and Stages of Concern, (2) to determine what components of the professional development paradigm enhanced the implementation of the authentic assessment, and (3) to identify factors that ...


Development Of A Valid And Reliable School Culture Audit , Timothy Eugene Taylor Jan 1991

Development Of A Valid And Reliable School Culture Audit , Timothy Eugene Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to develop a valid and reliable school culture audit to identify values, normative behaviors, and culture gaps within a school. Following an extensive review of the literature, a national panel of experts and practitioners validated 31 key factors as an appropriate measure of school culture. These 31 factors were grouped into four subscales: (1) Group Support, (2) Achievement, (3) Motivation, and (4) Enabling;One-hundred eighty certificated staff members were randomly selected from six elementary, six junior high, and six senior high schools from six districts (two districts where K-12 2000) in central Iowa to ...


Superintendent Performance Factors That Promote School District Effectiveness: The Perceptions Of Practicing Superintendents, Board Presidents, And Building Principals , Harold Dennis Prior Jan 1991

Superintendent Performance Factors That Promote School District Effectiveness: The Perceptions Of Practicing Superintendents, Board Presidents, And Building Principals , Harold Dennis Prior

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was designed to identify perceptions of superintendent performance factors that are most critical to school district effectiveness, assess superintendent performance in the most critical factors, and identify performance factors most in need of further professional development. Survey data were gathered from superintendents, their board presidents, and building principals in 101 Iowa school districts. Four superintendent performance factors were identified as most critical including (1) provides leadership in identifying school district needs, (2) provides leadership in identifying educational priorities in the school district, (3) decision making, and (4) provides leadership in developing short- and long-range strategic plans. Ratings of ...


An Examination Of Performance Evaluation Of Special Education Teachers In Iowa , Bonita J. Twedt Jan 1991

An Examination Of Performance Evaluation Of Special Education Teachers In Iowa , Bonita J. Twedt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purposes of this investigation were to (1) examine the quality of special education teacher evaluation in regard to teacher, evaluator, procedure, feedback and context attributes, (2) to determine whether a difference exists between the perceived quality of evaluation between regular and special education teachers, (3) to determine whether the presence of a director of special education within the district affects the quality rating of special education teacher evaluations, and (4) to determine whether the severity level of the instructional program in which a teacher is evaluated affects the quality rating of special education teacher evaluations;Two hundred forty-six ...


A Study Of Summative Teacher Performance Evaluation Instruments , Felicia Ann Blacher-Rick Jan 1991

A Study Of Summative Teacher Performance Evaluation Instruments , Felicia Ann Blacher-Rick

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study made a critical analysis of summative teacher performance evaluation instruments used nationally in public school systems. The investigation involved identifying in the literature the types of instruments used, the types of rating scales and response modes used, and the merits of the comment section that may be found on the evaluation document. The following purposes provided the framework for the investigation: (1) To determine the degree to which school systems were using summative teacher performance evaluation instruments. (2) To determine the current status of teacher performance evaluation instruments used nationally by ascertaining: (a) the kinds of instruments being ...


Examination Of A Cooperative Learning Supervision Training And Development Model , John M. Niska Jan 1991

Examination Of A Cooperative Learning Supervision Training And Development Model , John M. Niska

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a Cooperative Learning Supervision Training and Development Model (CLSTD) on the skills, confidence levels, and sense of efficacy of principals supervising cooperative learning. A non-equivalent pretest-posttest control group design with matching was used. Principals in the experimental (CLSTD) group attended two, one day training sessions learning how to collect data, analyze data, and provide feedback about the three major parts of a cooperative lesson. CLSTD principals practiced their new skills on the job as peer coaching teams;Data for this study were gathered from (1) thirteen Iowa principals in ...