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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mentzer, Robin Hardey
Author's Email Address robin.mentzer@fcps.edu
URN etd-04092008-101629
Title State Superintendents of the Year: Reflections of Successful Practice
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Eller, John F. Committee Chair
Banbury, John A. Committee Member
Creighton, Theodore B. Committee Member
Mallory, Walter D. Committee Member
  • Success
  • Federal and State Mandates
  • School Board
  • Superintendent
Date of Defense 2008-03-05
Availability unrestricted
Mentzer, Robin S. H., State Superintendents of the Year: Reflections of Successful Practice. Doctor of Philosophy (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies),

May, 2008, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.

A study was conducted involving the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) State Superintendents of the Year to gain information related to their perceptions and strategies for success and longevity. The study examined the factors of personal traits, school board relationships and current instructional issues such as No Child Left Behind and IDEIA to determine which, if any, contributed to their longevity and success of tenure. Surveys were mailed to all 150 State Superintendents of the Year, as identified by AASA. Descriptive were analyzed to examine trends and possible correlations. Strategies used to build board-superintendents relationships and deal with educational mandates, their perceptions of the effectiveness of their boards, the impact of educational mandates, and personal and professional characteristics of these superintendents were found.

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