Date Approved

6-12-2020

Embargo Period

6-15-2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Mitani, Hajime

Second Advisor

Raivetz, Mark J.

Third Advisor

Manning, JoAnn

Keywords

Communities of Practice, Distributed Leadership, Learning Organizations, Principal Perceptions, Professional Learning Communities, Student Achievement

Subject(s)

School principals--New Jersey; Educational leadership

Disciplines

Educational Administration and Supervision

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study is to examine the properties of the distributive leadership scores and to investigate whether the scores predict student test scores. This research was conducted during the 2019-2020 school year at Rowan University. The sample for this study will be selected from the principals from public school districts in New Jersey. Data was collected using one instrument with two parts: a pre-survey and Distributed Leadership Readiness Scale (DLRS) developed by Gordon (2005). SPSS 26 software was used to analyze the data and answer the research questions. While both linear regressions have significant variables impacting the NJSLA scores, the DLRS score was not one of the significant variables in the English and Math models. This means that the perceived distributed leadership readiness does not significantly impact the NJSLA scores for English or Math.

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