Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability : The Virginia Experience

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr

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The insistence by policymakers and politicians that educators be held accountable for student outcomes has resulted in dramatic shifts in the responsibilities of department chairs, principals, and superintendents. Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability explores these changes in Virginia, following its implementation of an ambitious accountability plan that called for standards of learning, statewide high-stakes tests, standards of accreditation, and annual school performance report cards. This book examines factors such as the fate of students who fail state tests, achievement differences between black and white students, ethical issues surrounding accountability measures, and the increasing politicization of local schooling. Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability shows that accountability pressure has done more than previous reforms to foster instructional leadership.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(7)
Margaret Grogan
U.S. Schools and the New Standards and Accountability Initiative
Walter F. Heinecke
Daniel E. Curry-Corcoran
Tonya R. Moon
The Evolution of Educational Accountability in the Old Dominion
Daniel L. Duke
Brianne L. Reck
Initial Responses of Virginia High Schools to the Accountability Plan
Daniel L. Duke
Pamela D. Tucker
The Principalship: Renewed Call for Instructional Leadership
Pamela D. Tucker
A Study of Successful Teachers Preparing High School Students for the Standards of Learning Tests in Virginia
Margaret Grogan
Pamela B. Roland
The Impact of Virginia's Accountability Plan on High School English Departments
Daniel L. Duke
Dan W. Butin
Amy Sofka
How Superintendents in Virginia Deal with Issues Surrounding the Black-White Test-Score Gap
Margaret Grogan
Whitney H. Sherman
Educators' Ethical Concerns Arising from the Virginia Accountability Plan
Pamela D. Tucker
Margaret Grogan
Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability
Daniel L. Duke
Margaret Grogan
Pamela D. Tucker
Contributors 215(4)
Index 219

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