An evaluation of factors that influence principalship appointments in the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Public School System from 2000--2006

Sam Braden, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study examined to what degree there was a statistically significant difference, at the .05 level, in the status of female and male assignments to principalship for the 2000-2006 academic years at the elementary and secondary levels within Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and to determine whether race, years of prior teaching experience, and/or other educational work experience played any significant role. ^ The null hypotheses were treated with the Chi-Square statistical technique to determine whether they should be accepted or rejected. Chi-Square was selected because this statistical treatment helped the researcher determine whether there are any statistically significant differences between multiple variables being compared. Moreover, this non-parametric analysis method did not require the cell ends being compared to be of equal value, which was the case with the data relative to this investigation. Chi-Square was designed to determine whether significant differences exist even where there are multiple variables being analyzed and cell ends are unequal. Further, it was determined that the level of significance that would be sought was the .05 levels. This was an appropriate decision in that educational research almost universally requires that level before those within the academic community take results seriously. ^ Is there a statistically significant difference at the .05 level or better in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, of the average years of teaching experience and/or prior educational work experience levels for gender, race and level of education at the elementary and secondary levels? ^ The analysis of the data revealed that a statistically significant relationship exist in the principalship appointments by grade level and gender in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System. Therefore, the null hypothesis was rejected because the (p-value < .05) was less than the alpha at the .05 level of significance. The null hypothesis is therefore retained because the (p-value > .514) is greater than the alpha at the .05 level of significance. The data demonstrated that the majority of the black and white is not significantly different. The result of the data analysis concluded that there was no statistically difference between principalship appointments and their years of experience in the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County School System. The null hypothesis was rejected due to the (p-value > .557) is greater than the alpha at the .05 level of significance. The null hypothesis was rejected due to the (p-value > .152) is greater than the alpha at the .05 level of significance. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

Sam Braden, "An evaluation of factors that influence principalship appointments in the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Public School System from 2000--2006" (2007). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3280758.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3280758

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