Date of Award

Fall 2005

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Eckman, Ellen

Second Advisor

Bardwell, Rebecca

Third Advisor

Gallagher, Maureen


The six Standards for School Leaders developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), contain knowledge, disposition, and performance indicators of effective school leaders. This study uses annual principal evaluations from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to look for a relationship between the ISLLC Standards and 'real world' performances of practicing principals. Although the Archdiocesan evaluations have no uniform format, process or procedure, they were studied using content analysis to align the criteria found on principal evaluations with the indicators from each of the ISLLC Standards. Using seventy-six principal evaluations submitted by principals from elementary and middle schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the researcher and two coders aligned words and phrases from the evaluations with indicators from the ISLLC Standards. The research findings indicate how the evaluations aligned with the ISLLC Standards and detail areas that were not found in the ISLLC Standards. Every principal evaluation aligned with all six ISLLC Standards. But the evaluations went beyond the knowledge, disposition, and performance indicators to include categories not found in the ISLLC Standards. Specifically documented by the Archdiocesan evaluators but not found in the ISLLC Standards are: personal qualities and attributes, principal descriptors, religious indicators, extraordinary activities, and experiential wisdom. Results include the discussion of future Archdiocesan evaluations and suggestions for parochial schools regarding the religious indicators found in the principal evaluations.



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