Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

John W. Hill

Second Advisor

Kay A. Keiser

Third Advisor

Neal F. Grandgenett


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a required school-year-long in-service leadership development grow-your-own program on new and veteran assistant principals' perceived leadership effectiveness compared to supervising principal and central office administrator ratings. The study analyzed perceived leadership effectiveness as measured by the school district's Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Form in six domains: (a) shared vision, (b) the culture of learning, (c) management, (d) family and community, (e) ethics, and (f) societal context after participation in a required school-year-long in-service leadership development grow-your-own program. Overall, pretest-posttest results indicated that new assistant principals' ( n = 8) and veteran assistant principals' (n = 7) beginning pretest compared to ending posttest training self-rating leadership effectiveness domain scores were all statistically significantly greater in the direction of improvement, indicating growth in perceived leadership effectiveness while posttest-posttest results were not statistically significantly different. Finally, supervising principal and central office administrator posttest only perceived leadership effectiveness scores for new assistant principals and veteran assistant principals were not statistically significantly different, indicating that the training positively impacted both veteran and new assistant principals alike, equally preparing them for selection to the principalship based on the measured leadership domain posttest proficient range scores at the conclusion of the in-service program.


Department formerly called Educational Administration and Supervision.

A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Education In Educational Administration.

Copyright 2009 LuAnn M. Richardson.