School boards and superintendents are essential in providing leadership in school districts across the United States. The superintendent’s leadership position in rural schools is unique in regards to the expectations and qualities which require superintendents to take on more responsibilities due to the small staff size. In addition, similar to all school boards, rural school districts are also faced with the challenge of identifying superintendents who will lead their districts to higher student achievement and will work with the communities to enhance the educational systems in which they lead. This study was designed to identify two factors related to the superintendent and determine if these factors were predictors for student achievement in rural Hispanic serving school districts. The outcomes of this study found no significance related to the two identified factors and the areas of district level student achievement, however, the implications for school boards in identifying which factors to consider in the interview and selection process may be effected by this research.
January 27, 2016
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