Internal and External Accountability: Building Evidence-Informed Leadership Capacity at All System Levels
This chapter considers leadership standards at the district and school levels in relationship to advantageous systemic data analytic structures and processes facilitated by a provincial department of education. Evidence-informed decision-making is explicated within a multifaceted, adaptive leadership framework that is evolving in the province of Alberta, Canada. Among the key foundational aspects of this leadership framework are: (1) attaining a comprehensive approach to student assessment; (2) monitoring and understanding students’ progress controlling for various educational, cultural and social settings and conditions; (3) supporting deeper analysis of at-risk students’ achievement; and (4) encouraging evidence-informed leadership, programming and decision-making at school, district and province/state levels. We consider some of the challenges and benefits of building system-wide and local leadership structures grounded in holistic and systematically collected empirical, data-based evidence.
KeywordsStudent Achievement School Leader Educational Leadership Student Mobility High School Completion
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