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Pa. Education Secretary Cites Findings of ODU Center for Educational Partnerships Study

The Pennsylvania secretary of education issued a news release on June 2 that featured the first externally funded study conducted by The Center for Educational Partnerships (CTEP) in Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education.

The study, "Effects of the National Institute for School Leadership's Executive Development Program on School Performance in Pennsylvania: 2006 - 2010 Pilot Cohort Results," was led by John Nunnery, TCEP director and associate professor of educational foundations and leadership, in collaboration with Cherng-Jyh Yen, an assistant professor in the EFL department at ODU, and Steven Ross of Johns Hopkins University.

In the news release Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis announced that the recent study shows Pennsylvania's ongoing executive development program for school principals is producing significant gains in student achievement.

The news release states: Researchers from Old Dominion and Johns Hopkins universities examined the participating school districts and found that students in schools led by principals who completed the PIL program had higher PSSA scores in math and reading compared to other schools with similar performance and demographic profiles.

The news release goes on to say that, according to Tomalis, the TCEP study confirms that when all factors - including funding - are examined, it's the quality and structure of a school's leadership that has the greatest impact on student achievement.

ODU's Center for Educational Partnerships establishes collaborative educational enterprises with schools and school divisions that support dissemination of proven practices, rigorous field trials of promising models, and development and testing of innovative research-based models in collaboration with the university's primary educational partners.

This article was posted on: June 6, 2011

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