Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Education

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Olivia Boggs


The study involved the on-site interview of thirty principals of public elementary schools which housed students from kindergarten to grade five. The schools were located in an urban city of the southern United States and included schools which were involved in district-wide effective schooling improvement. The study tested three research questions regarding the difference between elementary principals who utilize student records in planning for effective schooling and those who do not. Findings indicated that differences exist between principals in the amount of time spent reviewing student records prior to the opening of school, during the school year, in the adequacy of the time utilized, and in what effect this utilization had on their regard for individual students. Further study is indicated to survey a wider population and to assess how regional and system-wide differences would affect the findings.

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