Doctoral Dissertation by Jerry G. Maze presented to the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies at Lamar University (May 2009)
The purpose of this research was to capture and analyze perceptions of Texas superintendents practicing in the 2008-2009 school year regarding their professional development at Texas Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs) in the area of leading student achievement. Superintendents statewide were surveyed and results analyzed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) with Tukey Post hoc tests to compare perceptions of effectiveness to the demographic characteristics of the superintendents. Likert-scale questions and three open-ended questions gathered perceptions and allowed narrative answers to perceived barriers to professional development and superintendents' proposed solutions to overcoming those barriers at Texas RESCs.
Superintendents and Education Service Centers: A Partnership for Student Achievement. Article published in TASA Insight, October, 2009.
Doctoral Dissertation by Kari M. Arfstrom (April 2009)
This dissertation describes how entrepreneurial superintendents of educational service agencies (ESAs) recognize, determine and address common and distinct innovative characteristics within emerging or established regional educational environments. Because internal and external factors assist in recognizing innovative practices, this study verifies how superintendents obtain this information and reviews internal standard operating procedures. This study also explores if entrepreneurial activities can be replicated at other ESAs.
This report by the Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations relied on the resources of AESA and interviews with AESA members to inform the understanding of the educational service agency model and some of the associated complexities.