Investigating the validity and reliability of the vanderbilt assessment of leadership in education

Andrew C. Porter, Morgan S. Polikoff, Ellen B. Goldring, Joseph Murphy, Stephen N. Elliott, Henry May

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The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED) is a multirater assessment of principals' learning-centered leadership. The instrument was developed based on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. In this article, we report on the validity and reliability evidence for the VAL-ED accumulated in a national field trial. Using data from more than 270 schools across a wide range of settings, we found that the instrument was reliable for measuring principals' learning-centered leadership. Furthermore, there was mostly positive evidence that the VAL-ED distinguished among subscales of principal performance. In conjunction with findings from the VAL-ED development phase, these results support the conclusion that the VAL-ED can be used by K-12 schools to assess learningcentered leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-313
Number of pages32
JournalElementary School Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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