Scaling of Educational Leadership Candidates' Commitment to National Standards: The ELCBS Scale

Dorothy C Rea, Cecil F Carter, Christopher M Parfitt, Judy R Wilkerson, Thomas C Valesky


Colleges of education are faced with Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (2017) requirements to assess dispositions in addition to knowledge and skills. Preparation programs across the country are looking for ways to assess dispositions through valid and reliable measures. We describe the validation of a survey instrument to assess the dispositions of master’s degree candidates in Educational Leadership. We used the dispositions outlined in the Educational Leadership Policy Standards developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers. These standards provide a viable content domain from which to assess leaders’ affective learning. The instrument described in this article, the Educational Leader Candidate Belief Scale (ELCBS), was developed for measuring educational candidates’ leadership dispositions.


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