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: The Principled Principal
In our current educational landscape, leaders are expected to formulate and examine their own professional codes of ethics, as well as the standards set forth by the profession. Understanding that the profession consists of a variety of ethics (justice, critique, care, and profession to name a few) and being cognizant of them when making decisions as a leader is vital when attempting to lead with integrity and credibility (Marzano, 2005; Shapiro & Stepkovich, 2011). As leaders apply such ethics, a professional paradigm is created that is dynamic, multidimensional and responsive to the complexities of being an educational leader in today’s society.
This case will provide learners with an opportunity to consider how to bring resolution to a situation involving a conflict of principles and the exploration of the value of care, trust, and relationship as characteristics of a school’s climate. 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.