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 Shady Substitute
The fostering of an effective school culture; creating strong lines of communication; and employing ethical decision making are common threads across educational leadership research. (Elmore, 2000; Fullan, 2001; Leithwood & Riehl, 2003). The bottom line is that leaders need to act through and with other people (teachers and students) to create positive and productive environments that are safe and free of learning barriers (Leithwood & Riehl, 2003). This case will provide learners with an opportunity to consider how to bring resolution to a situation involving the hiring of faculty and staff. 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.