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Does Instructional Leadership Have a Causal Effect on Literacy Teachers' Instructional Practice?

Sat, April 18, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Hyatt, Floor: East Tower - Purple Level, Riverside West


Instructional leadership has been found to have the largest influence on student outcomes compared to other forms of leadership, yet other important school outcomes, like change in instructional practice, continue to be overlooked despite evidence that the most direct impact instructional leadership has is on teaching practice. Employing propensity score (PS) matching analysis, the purpose of this study was to test if schools with a higher degree of instructional leadership practice have a causal impact on literacy teachers’ instructional practice using the full sample of Study of Instructional Improvement schools. Propensity scores were entered into 3-level HLM logistic regression models to analyze changes in the frequency and use of particular literacy strategies.