Understanding California Superintendents’ Beliefs About School Climate Data and its Uses: A Multidimensional Modeling Approach

Academic outcomes and health outcomes are critical to the goals of K-12 public education. Recent education policy reforms in California rely on the use multiple measures of school success—with a focus on school climate. A critical component in state-led accountability, there is a need to better understand the role of leaders’ beliefs about school climate assessment tools and practices, to better understand capacity to implement reform.

This study explored the practices and beliefs of California School District Superintendents in their efforts to meet the state accountability mandate to assess school climate. The study used an explanatory sequential mixed method design that began with quantitative data collection followed by qualitative data collection. Quantitative data were collected using an instrument that was developed to measure three belief constructs—trustworthiness, capacity and importance. The focus of this presentation is to discuss the findings from the multidimensional modeling and the stability of the instrument in measuring superintendent beliefs about school climate data and its uses.

Brent Duckor is an associate professor at the College of Education and founding faculty member of the Ed.D program in Educational Leadership at San José State University. He has served on the School Climate and Conditions working group for the California Department of Education. He recently contributed a chapter to Preparing students for college and careers: Theory, measurement, and educational practice (Routledge, 2017) and an article “Got Grit...Maybe” to Phi Delta Kappan (2017). Dr. Duckor obtained his bachelor’s degree in Politics with Honors from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in quantitative methods and evaluation from the Graduate School of Education at University of California, Berkeley.

Anji Buckner is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at San Jose State University and a faculty member in the Department of Health Science and Recreation. Anji has taught personal and health wellness to all age learners in both school and community settings. Her research is grounded in the relationship between health and education outcomes. Currently, she is exploring school climate assessment practices and the beliefs of local leaders implementing state policy. Anji has a bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies and Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University.

Yidan Zhang is a doctoral student in Social Research Methodologies at UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include the measurement of global education outcomes, and application of HLM and causal inference methods in large-scale cross-national data analysis in education. Yidan obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Educational Sciences from UC Irvine, and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Toledo.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 2:00pm
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