AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice
Journal of Scholarship & Practice is published through the AASA
Leadership Development Office and is a refereed, blind-reviewed, quarterly
journal with a focus on research and evidence-based practice. It is
designed to benefit AASA members and full-time and adjunct professors.
Winter 2017 (PDF)
Commentary: “District Leaders Must Empower Parents in Trump's America"; Research Articles: Does Money Really Matter? Investing in the Future of Hispanic Students"; "Online Doctoral Course on the Pre-Service Exploration of the Superintendency"; Book Review: Peak Performance Under Pressure: How to Achieve Extraordinary Results Under The Most Difficult Circumstances
Fall 2016 (PDF)
“Principal Selection: A National
Study of Selection Criteria and Procedures"; Career Advancement for
African American School District Leaders: A Qualitative Study on Aspirations,
Barriers and Trust"; The Influence of the Student Mobility Rate on the
Graduation Rate in the State of New Jersey"; Book Review: Why Public
Schools Outperform Private Schools
Summer 2016 (PDF)
Research Articles: "The Influence of the Length of the School Day on the Percentage of Proficient and
Advanced Proficient Scores on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge
for Grades 6, 7, and 8"; "Length of the School Day and Its Influence on New Jersey High School
Proficiency Assessment Scores". Commentary: "I Hear What You’re Saying ... And I Respect You!"
Spring 2016 (PDF)
"Jean Piaget's Debt to John Dewey"; "Why Not Allow School Boards to Choose Alternatives to Traditionally Trained Superintendents?"; "Does Collective Bargaining Influence the Pay Satisfaction of Elementary School Teachers?".
Winter 2016 (PDF)
"A Comparison of Higher-Order Thinking Between the Common Core State Standards and the 2009 New Jersey Content Standards in High School"; "Problems with Percentiles: Student Growth Scores in New York's Teacher Evaluation System"; "Doctoral Research in Educational Leadership: Expectations for Those Thinking About An Advanced Degree"; "The Glass Maze and Predictors for Successful Navigation to the Top Seat to the Superintendency"
Fall 2015 (PDF)
Preparation—Revisited—Time Matters”; “Principal Concerns and Superintendent
Support During Teacher Evaluation Changes”
Administrator Quality in Minority-Serving Institutions”
Summer 2015 (PDF)
Research Articles: "Developing Principals as Racial Equity Leaders: A Mixed Method Study"; "Principals' Perceptions Regarding Their Supervision and Evaluation"
Commentary: "Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: The Impact of Institutional Culture on Initial Implementation of New York’s Annual Professional Performance Review"
Spring 2015 (PDF)
Editorial: "An Empirical Analysis of New York's Teacher Evaluation System: Flaws in the Design"
Research Articles: "Technology Leadership is Just Good Leadership: Dispositions of Tech Savvy Superintendents"; "Comparing the Ideal Dispositions of Administrative Internship Candidates"
Book Reviews: "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn"; "The Small BIG: Small Changes That Spark Big Influence"
Winter 2015 (PDF)
Research Articles: “Principal Dispositions Regarding the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System”; “Superintendent Retirement in a Reform State: Rhetoric and Reality”
Commentary: “A Critique of ‘The Common Core is a Change for the Better’”
Book Reviews: “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon”
Fall 2014 (PDF)
Research Articles: “A Better Leveled Playing Field for Assessing Satisfactory Job Performance of Superintendents on the Basis of High-Stakes Testing Outcomes”; “The Influence of Inclusion on the Academic Performance of General Education Students on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge in Grades 6, 7, and 8”; “The Principal Evaluation Process and Its Relationship to Student Achievement”
Book Reviews:“The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact”; “Automate This: How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs and the World”
Summer 2014 (PDF)
Research Articles: “Faculty Mobility and Its Influence on New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment
Scores”; “The Advanced Placement Opportunity Gap in Arizona: Access, Participation, and Success”
Commentary: “Education Reform As a ‘Weapon of Mass (Education) Destruction’ Versus Artful Resistance As
a ‘Weapon of Mass Creation’”
Spring 2014 (PDF)
Research Articles: “The Influence of Teacher Graduate Degrees on Student Reading Achievement”; “The Superintendent’s Influence on Student Achievement”
Commentary: “Supporting Mathematics Teachers in the Common Core Implementation”
PISA Commentaries: “PISA Problems”; “The Influences and Implications of PISA: An Australian Perspective”; “What Does the International PISA Math Test Really Tell Us?” “Why Schools in American Should Not Be Like Schools In Singapore”
Book Review: "Children Dying Inside: Education in South Korea”
Fall 2013 (PDF)
Research Articles: "Voices of Superintendents: ‘Give Us Relevant and Challenging Preparation for a Tough Job’"; "Influence of Student and School Variables on Grade 5 Mathematics and Language Arts Achievement in New Jersey”
Best Practice: “Educational Leaders Describe a Job Too Big for One: Stress Reduction In the Midst of Leading”
Book Review: “Unifying Educational Systems: Leadership and Policy Perspectives”
Research Articles: “Examining Variability in Superintendent Community Involvement”; “The Accuracy of Perceptions of Education Finance Information: How Well Local Leaders Understand Local Communities;” “Superintendent Perceptions of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Obstacles and Opportunities for School System Reform;” “In What Ways Is the New Jersey County Vocational School Admissions Criteria a Predictor of Student Success on State-Mandated Tests?”
Spring 2013 (PDF)
Commentary: “Translating the Common Core State Standards”
Research Articles: "The Effects of Age, Years of Experience, and Type of Experiences in the Teacher Selection Process"; "Examining the Impact of Critical Feedback on Learner Engagement in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms: A Multi-Level Analysis”; “Implicit Theories of Intelligence and Personality, Self-efficacy in Problem Solving, and the Perception of Skills and Competences in High School Students in Sicily, Italy”
Book Review: "The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies”
Winter 2013 (PDF)
Commentary: "TIMSS Implications for U.S. Education”
Research Articles: "Superintendent Tenure and Student Achievement”; Domestic Violence and Implications of Citizenship Teaching and Learning
Fall 2012 (PDF)
Research Articles: "When Districts Drive Leadership Preparation Partnerships: Lessons from Six Urban District Initiatives"; "Making an Impact Statewide to Benefit 21st-Century School Leadership";
Best Practice: "Looking Through the Eyes of the Learner" Implementation of Building Blocks for Student Engagement;
Commentary: "Want to Teach about SuperPACs? What We Can Learn from Stephen Colbert";
Book Review: "World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students".
Summer 2012 (PDF)
Editorial: “By the Numbers”;
Research Articles: “The Response to Intervention Framework and Nurturing Potential: Promising Practices”; “The Influence of Teachers’ Preexisting Notions about Students on Scholastic Achievement Change”;
Book Reviews: “College and Career Ready in the 21st Century: Making High School Matter”; “The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future”
Spring 2012 (PDF)
Editorial: “Poverty Matters”;
Research Articles: “Failure of U.S. Public Secondary Schools in Mathematics”; “Interlacing Mission, Strategic Planning, and Vision to Lean: Powerful DNA for Change”; “An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Italian High School Students Who receive Private Tutoring in Mathematics”;
Commentary: “Strategically Allocating Resources to Support Teaching and Learning”
Winter 2012 (PDF)
Research Articles: “Not Just Urban Policy: Suburbs, Segregation, and Charter”; “Job Satisfaction of Female and Male Superintendents: The Influence of Job Facets and Contextual Variables as Potential”; “Using a Framework to Help Understand School Reform”; “Instructional Leadership in Alberta: Research Insights from Five Highly Effective Schools”
Fall 2011 (PDF)
Editorial: “The Expanding Charter Movement: Separate, Unequal, and Legal?”
Research Article: “Lost at Sea: Summary Results of a Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Teacher Induction and Implications for Administrative Practice”
Commentaries: “A Role for Neuroscience in Shaping Contemporary Education Policy”; “The Role of the Professional Learning Community in Dropout Prevention”
Special Note: “Conference Within A Conference,” sponsored by AASA and the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration, will return to the AASA National Conference on Education in Houston, TX, February 16-19, 2011.
Summer 2011 (PDF)
Editorial: “Pay for Performance Based on Standardized Test Scores: Twenty Questions”
Research Articles: “Factors Accounting for Variability in Superintendent Ratings of Academic Preparation”; “A Hierarchy of Application of the ISLLC 2008 Standards’ “Functions” to Principal Evaluation: A National Study”; “A Validation Study of the School Leader Dispositions Inventory©”
Commentary: “California on the Verge of a Fourth Wave of School Finance Reform”
Spring 2011 (PDF)
Research Articles: “Full-Day Kindergarten Effectiveness: Preserve the Investment”; “Why Teacher Leaders Don’t Want To Be Principals”; “Technology Pedagogy: Software Tools for Teaching and Learning”
Commentary: “Ethical Leadership: What Is It Really?”
Winter 2011 (PDF)
Commentary: “Common Core State Standards: An Example of Data-less Decision Making”
Research Article: “Perceptions of the Role of the School Principal in Teacher Professional Growth”
Evidence-Based Practice Articles: “Conceptualizing a System for Principal Evaluation”; “School Leadership and Technology Challenges: Lessons from a New American High School”
Book Reviews: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action; 99 Ways to Lead & Succeed: Strategies and Stories for School Leaders
Fall 2010 (PDF)
Editorial: “Social Inequity and High School Test Scores: More Strong Correlations”
Research Articles: “The Viability of Online Education for Professional Development”; “Superintendent Practices and ISLLC Standard 1”; “Great (And Not So Great) Expectations: The Demographics of Proficiency Cut Scores”
Commentaries: “Stepping Into the Fray: Using the Law to Create Common Ground”; “A Bad Idea: National Standards Based on Test Scores”; “Implementing the Synchronous Classroom”
Book Reviews: Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture
Summer 2010 (PDF)
Editorial: “Strong Correlations”
Research Articles: “Superintendents As Gatekeepers in the Employment of Alternatively Licensed Principals”
Evidence-Best Practice Articles: “Developing Instructional Leadership Through Collaborative Learning”; “Should I Stay or Should I Go? How Teacher Leadership Can Improve Teacher Retention”
Commentaries: “A Team-Centered Approach to Performance Compensation”; “Branding and Positioning to Satisfy the Customer’s Appetite: An Educational Case Study”
Book Reviews: Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap
Spring 2010 (PDF)
Editorial: "A Blueprint for Regressive Education"
Research Articles: “Leadership to Improve Student Achievement: Focus the Culture on Learning”; “South Carolina Superintendents’ Change Style Preferences”; “Correlations Between Perceived Teacher Empowerment and Perceived Sense of Teacher Self-Efficacy”
Best Practice: "What Counts as Knowledge in the Small School District: Superintendents’ Thoughts about Decision-Making"
Book Reviews: Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement
Winter 2010 (PDF)
Editorial: "Common Core National Curriculum Standards: More Questions … and Answers"
Research Articles: “Academic Readiness for College: The Role of School Administrators”; “Is Shared Leadership Right for Your School District?
Commentaries: "A Critical Analysis of Educational Standards"; "Singapore’s Educational Reforms: The Case for Un-Standardizing Curriculum and Reducing Testing"
Fall 2009 (PDF)
Editorial: "National Curriculum Standards: Let’s Think It Over"
Research Article: "Key Skills Influencing Student Achievement"
Articles on Best Practice: "The Three Fs of Classroom Management"; “Managed Teacher Turnover: A Strategy for School Improvement"; "Building Leadership Capacity on a Budget"
Commentaries: "Classroom Assessment: Some Propositions for Superintendents"; "Comments on the Common Core Standards Initiative"
Book Reviews: "Technology Leadership, Management, and Policy: A Primer and Integrative Model for the 21st Century"
Summer 2009 (PDF)
Editorial: “Let’s Delete Rigor and Add Quality”
Research Articles: "An Examination of Professional Goal Plans and Ethical Leadership”; “Full-Day Kindergarten Results in Significant Achievement Gains”
Articles on Best Practice: "Freeing Students to Succeed by Changing Classroom Space”; "School District Mergers: What One District Learned”
Book Review: "Closing the Leadership Gap: How District and University Partnerships Shape Effective School Leaders”
Spring 2009 (PDF)
Editorial: “A Moment of Crisis: We Have Been Here Before”
Research Article: "Teacher Perspectives of School Mistreatment: Implications for District Level Administrators"
Articles on Best Practice: "What to do with ELLs? Creating Sustainable Structures for Serving English Language Learners in Schools”; "Systemic Data-Based Decision Making: A Systems Approach for Using Data in the Schools”; “Meeting the Needs: A Best Practice Grow Your Own School Leader Program”
Commentaries: "Elementary School Mathematics Priorities”; “Precision in the Teaching, Learning, and Communication of Elementary School Mathematics: A Reply to Wilson’s “Elementary School Mathematics Priorities”; “Ten Practical Reflections for School Administrators”
Winter 2009 (PDF)
Research Articles: "Confronting the Unknown: Principal Preparation Training in Issues Related to Special Education"; "Burnout Among Elementary School Principals"; "Novice Superintendents and the Efficacy of Professional Preparation"; "Principals Priority for Technology as an Indicator of Observed Use in Schools"
Articles of Best Practice: "Leading Change Through Cultural Competence"; "Preparing Future Principals to Work with School Counselors"
Commentary: "Carl Upchurch: A Journey from Prisoner Citizen to Educator"
Book Reviews: Effective Communication for School Administrators: A Necessity in an Information Age; The Truth About School Violence: Keeping Healthy Schools Safe
Fall 2008 (PDF)
Research Articles: “Designing Principal Preparation Internships To Strengthen School Leadership”; “The Development and Validation of the Diversity Dispositions Index”; “Evaluation of School Principals Using Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards”; “Superintendents’ Knowledge of Teacher Evaluation Law”
Articles of Best Practice: “Systematically Making Reading the Center of High School”; “Out of the Ashes: Building Leadership and Sustainability Amid the Chaos”; “Foreign Language Academy”
Summer 2008 (PDF)
Article on Systems Thinking: “Transformational Assessment: A Simplified Model of Strategic Planning”
Research Articles: Students’ Reflections on the Relevance and Quality of Highly Ranked Doctoral Programs: Beacons of Leadership Preparation?” “Recruiting and Retaining School Principals: What We Can Learn From Practicing Administrators” “Demographic Trends in Texas Bond Elections”
Articles of Best Practice: “Making the Grade with Diet and Exercise” and “Technology Allows Great Teachers to Speak in Their Students’ Language”
Commentary: “We really do not … talk like this:” Principals in Dialogue”
Book Reviews: Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul; Rethinking Leadership: A Collection of Articles; Awards and Recognition for Exceptional Teachers
Spring 2008 (PDF)
Articles on Systems Thinking: "Systems Thinking in Action: A District Perspective;" "Working the System: Building Capacity for School Change;" "Adopting Team Contracts to Initiate Team Learning;" "Systems Thinking and Students: Relationships, Student Achievement, and the Curriculum"
Research Article: “Assessing Dispositions of Administrative Intern Candidates”
Commentary: “Time to Terminate Toilet Papering”
Book Review: A Leader’s Legacy
Winter 2008 (PDF)
Research Articles on Systems Thinking: "Think Systemically, Act Systematically;" "Where Does Conflict Management Fit in the System’s Leadership Puzzle?;" "One District Account of System-wide Renewal;" "Building Capacity for Professional Learning Communities Through A Systems Approach: A Toolbox for Superintendents"
Commentary on Systems Thinking: "Systems, Not Superheroes"