Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership


The public has long expressed a desire to improve education. In the past year there have been several reports such as A Nation at Risk and High School: An Agenda for Action, indicating various problem areas that need the attention of the public and educators nation wide. These reports have been submitted by federal and state commissions, education committees, and "knowledgable" individuals. The areas of concern and the recommendations include additional funding for salaries, supplies, materials, curriculum revision, higher standards of achievement, lengthening the school day and the school year, as well as other suggestions and ideas. Among the recommendations set forth are forms of merit pay for teachers. However, little mention is made regarding how to evaluate and identify meritorious teachers. A realistic alternative may be "on the job" teacher evaluation. Evaluation is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "an estimated worth." Teach is defined as "imparting knowledge" and teacher is defined as "one who instructs". The three combined could be then defined as estimating the worth of one who instructs.


Presented to the Graduate Faculty University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education. Copyright Patrick W. Morgan July 19, 1984