Contexts of Accountability Under Systemic Reform: Implications for Principal Influence on Instruction and Supervision

Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 1, February 2007

37 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2012 Last revised: 21 Sep 2015

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Helen Marks

Ohio State University (OSU) - College of Education and Human Ecology

Jason P. Nance

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: March 14, 2012

Abstract

How various accountability contexts -- including states, local boards, districts, school site councils, parent associations, and teachers -- affect the ability of principals to influence instructional and supervisory decisions in their schools is the subject of this inquiry. Data for the analysis come from the survey responses of 8,524 elementary, middle, and high school principals in low-, moderate-, and high-control states. Principals responded to queries in the 1999-2000 School and Staffing Survey regarding their personal influence and the influence of various other policy actors on decisions in the instructional and supervisory domains in the principals’ schools. Examining variation in principal influence within and between states, the study uses hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) as its primary analytic technique. Results indicate that the various accountability contexts differentially affect principals’ influence, and they also vary by domain, extent of state control, and region.

Keywords: educational administration, accountability contexts, school reform, policy systems, principal influence, school decision making

Suggested Citation

Marks, Helen and Nance, Jason P., Contexts of Accountability Under Systemic Reform: Implications for Principal Influence on Instruction and Supervision (March 14, 2012). Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 1, February 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2022422

Helen Marks

Ohio State University (OSU) - College of Education and Human Ecology ( email )

127 Arps Hall
1945 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43210-117
United States

Jason P. Nance (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States
352-273-0992 (Phone)

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