Managing in the middle: School leaders and the enactment of accountability policy

James P Spillane*, John B. Diamond, Patricia Burch, Tim Hallett, Loyiso Jita, Jennifer Zoltners

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Abstract

This article investigates how mid-level managers make sense of and mediate district accountability policy. Arguing that teachers' evolving perceptions and understanding of accountability policies are likely to be mediated by school leaders, the authors explore how school managers enact their policy environments, focusing chiefly on the ways in which they construct district accountability policies. Adopting a cognitive or interpretive frame on implementation, the authors illuminate how school leaders' sense-making is situated in their professional biographies, building histories, and roles as intermediaries between the district office and classroom teachers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-762
Number of pages32
JournalEducational Policy
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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