Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, EDD
Assessment; assessment literacy; professional learning; self-efficacy; identity; phenomenology
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study is to gain greater understanding surrounding how administrators in northern Kentucky Independent School Districts describe their own experiences with assessments (assessment literacy). In addition, this study sought to gain knowledge from administrator experiences which may or may not have contributed to their confidence as leaders of assessment literacy. The context of this study was with the 11 Independent School Districts in the Northern Kentucky region, specifically with school level administrators. The significance of this study is to inform teacher preparation programs and current administrators of how and why individual self-efficacy and professional learning experiences may influence administrator assessment literacy. The methodology included a semi-structured interview process for collecting data as a way for participants to share their experiences in a narrative manner (Leavy, 2017). Cycle one of coding was conducted manually then initial coding and line by line. Cycle two of coding used In-Vivo coding where themes emerged aligned to the research questions to provide meaning to the experiences of the participants (Saldana, 2018). The findings support the need for teacher and administrator preparatory programs to consider more emphasis on assessment education to support a deeper understanding of assessment literacy. In addition, the findings support the need for assessment literacy based professional learning and intentional mentoring to build capacity with assessments to strengthen confidence in school leadership.
Harris, Amy J., "Assessment literacy influenced by administrator identity and professional learning confident administrators within Kentucky independent school districts." (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4198.
Retrieved from https://ir.library.louisville.edu/etd/4198