Measuring the Impact of Reducing Principal Supervisors’ Leadership Portfolios in Large School Districts
Florida Southern College
The purpose of this study was to measure the impact of reducing principal supervisors’ spans of control or leadership portfolio sizes on schools’ academic outcomes. For this study, principal supervisors’ spans of control directly refer to the number of schools within their purview. Academic outcomes for this study included student performance on state’s annual mathematics and English Language Arts assessments. Data collected during the study included academic outcomes for three years prior to a reduction in spans of control and three years after the reduction in spans of control. The study focused on two large school districts and included academic outcomes from elementary schools and secondary schools with varying complexities of academic performance and poverty levels. Minimal research has been conducted about principal supervisors, their roles in supporting schools, and impact on academic outcomes (Corcoran, Casserly, Price-Baugh, Walston, & Simon, 2013; Goldring, Grissom, Rubin, Rogers, Neel, & Clark, 2018). The information from this study contributed to the knowledge base about principal supervisors’ impact on various types of schools and roles in supporting schools. The findings from this study suggest that an overall reduction of principal supervisors’ spans of control had minimal impact on academic outcomes. The findings also suggest that a reduction in elementary principal supervisors’ span of control had a greater impact than a reduction in secondary principal supervisors’ span of control. This research contributes to the knowledge base of principal supervisors’ spans of control and its relationship to school academic outcomes.
Dissertation presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in the School of Education at Florida Southern College by Howard Hepburn.
Educational leadership, Education
Hepburn, H. (2020). Measuring the Impact of Reducing Principal Supervisors’ Leadership Portfolios in Large School Districts (Order No. 28316724). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. (2546593732). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/measuring-impact-reducing-principal-supervisors/docview/2546593732/se-2