The widely quoted biblical verse 'By their fruits, ye shall know them' aptly relates to school leadership. The quality of education delivered to students is dependent on how the learning process is managed in the schools. A systematic review conducted by Osborne-Lampkin, Folsom, and Herrington (2015) that examined 52 empirical studies published between 2001 and 2012 on the relationships between principal characteristics and student achievement in the United States showed some interesting results. One of which was in general, principal precursors (such as principals' experience and educational attainment) and student achievement had a positive relationship. They claimed, however, that principal preparation programs, also a precursor, provided mixed results. This study sought to establish if the demographic profiles of principals have a relationship on school performance. It was found that principals were mostly female, had bachelor degree with units in MA and been promoted as principal prior to NQESH. Twelve schools recorded a decrease of dropout rate from SY 2013 - 2014 to SY 2014 - 2015 and all schools studied were way below the national standard of 75% MPS. The demographic profiles of the principals namely, sex, educational attainment and qualification, were not related to school performance in terms of dropout rate and result of the National Achievement Test. With this findings, reclassification of new principals may not be determined solely by passing of the NQESH and promotion may also include achievement of set standards as criteria. Lesser weight may be given to criterion such as educational attainment.
Gregorio A. Co, Jr., Department of Education Imus City, The Philippines
Matea-Alvyn H. Trinidad, Department of Education Imus City, The Philippines
Jenielyn A. Sadang, Department of Education Imus City, The Philippines
Stream: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
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