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: Keeping the Campus Safe
A safe and supportive environment is one of the most important factors influencing the quality of student learning and achievement. Effective school leaders structure and monitor a school learning environment that improves learning for all students, knowing that school characteristics, including feelings of safety by students, significantly influence student achievement (Ma & Willms, 2004). A safe and orderly environment is an important component in school improvement (Vornberg & Vornberg, 2002).
It is vital to maintain professionalism and acceptable ethical behavior with staff members because school improvement relates to people improvement (Barber & Mourshed, 2007). This case explores a fundamental challenge in school improvement: improving professional practice whether it be the principal’s behaviors, the teachers’ actions in the classroom, the custodian’s work ethic while maintaining the cleanliness of the the campus, or the professionalism of security officers. This case reviews the people in the school who make up the overall school campus in a specific situation, but offers no solutions; learners will demonstrate proficiency in the given areas by responding to the questions following the case.