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Document Number: 9220

Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders: New Directions and New Processes - Research concludes that most assessments of school leaders in use today are not as focused on learning as they should be, nor are they effective in gathering reliable facts about how leaders’ behaviors are or are not promoting learning. This Wallace Perspective describes the elements of a possible new direction in leader assessment – what should be assessed, and how. It highlights newly-developed assessment instruments that seek to apply those elements. And it discusses the potential, the challenges and the unknowns of using assessment as a key means of promoting not only better leader performance but also systemwide improvements that benefit children. (The Wallace Foundation, March 2009)...

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