ASAP® Case Study Assessments for school leaders are aligned to specific state standards and proficiency areas. Districts can assign a combination of case study assessments for a more complete picture of a participant’s areas of strength and need based on the standards and areas of proficiency they wish to focus on. Case studies can also be selected based on their alignment with district learning initiatives to determine if specific learning objectives are being met.
In their ASAP Accounts, participants are given a case study to read and a series of questions that must be answered. Responses are to be no more than 2,000 words, typed in Microsoft Word, saved and uploaded to the website. District administrators are provided with a conceptual framework, a table of standards alignments, a copy of each participants response and a scoring rubric including examples of typical responses at three levels: exceptional, standard, and below standard. Case studies are to be marked by the school district.
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Case Study: Driving Miss Jacobs
Given the litigious nature of our society and the current educational landscape, leaders are expected to know and adhere to established policy as well as practice situational awareness. Adding to that complexity, it is essential for them to make decisions based on the standards set forth in the profession. Understanding that a variety of ethical principles (justice, critique, care, and profession to name a few) inform decision making is vital when attempting to lead with integrity and credibility (Marzano, 2005; Shapiro & Stepkovich, 2011). This case will provide learners with an opportunity to consider how to bring resolution to a situation involving both a legal and ethical issue impacting a middle school and ultimately the district-at-large. The case provides details regarding the situation but offers no solutions; learners will demonstrate proficiency in the given areas by responding to the questions following the case.