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: What Fits the Teaching Bill?
In an era of Race to the Top, it is increasingly clear that educational leaders at all levels must be more than administrators. They must be educational visionaries, change agents, instructional leaders, curriculum and assessment experts, budget analysts, facility managers, special program directors, and community builders (Darling-Hammond, LaPointe, Meyerson & Orr, 2007). Given the plethora of responsibilities, leaders need to practice situational awareness by understanding the undercurrents regarding the functioning of the school and using such information to address current and potential problems (Marzano, Walters & McNulty, 2005). With that being said, this case will provide learners with an opportunity to consider how to address a situation involving mandated legislation, potential faculty redeployment and cultural divisiveness. 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.