Capstone/Dissertation Title

Principal Leadership Styles And Standardized Test Results / Portraiture Of Three Leadership Styles And Their Resulting Academic Outcomes


Spring 5-15-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Carol Mayer

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kate Spilman

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Craig Cass


The purpose of this capstone is to illustrate possible relationships between student achievement and administrative leadership styles. The study utilizes a method of qualitative research called, “Portraiture.” This capstone brings to the forefront, the leadership styles of three fictionalized subjects. Although the characters are fictionalized, they represent factual observations I have made of various leaders over my nineteen-year career as an educator. The benefits of this study lie in the implication that positive, proactive, instructional leaders who keep all stakeholders in mind when running a building, will produce better standardized test results than leaders who do not display positive administrative leadership characteristics.

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