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School Leadership in the Context of Standards-Based Reform

International Perspectives

  • Louis Volante
  • Examines interconnections between standards-based reform, student assessment, and school leadership

  • Examines the impact of standards-based reform on school leadership across a range of international contexts

  • Highlights challenges school leaders face in various international contexts and the implications for policy and practice

  • Discusses key issues for sustainable large-scale reform


Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 16)

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About this book


“Although standards-based reform emerged in the United States and the United Kingdom, the idea has spread across the world, as an approach to systemic reform.  It might appear that there is a world-wide “tsunami” of standards-based reform that will standardize and homogenize the educational system across the globe. This volume makes it very clear, however, that there is no one approach to standards-based reform and countries change – there is a danger in paying attention to its evolution and impact in only one context.  That’s what makes this volume so valuable.  Louis Volante has drawn together descriptions from a wide range of countries, all involved in large-scale reform and using standards and assessments as part of their process.  What becomes very obvious is that the language may be the same but the words reflect different contexts and can represent very different ideals, values, and processes. I’m sure you will find this book as interesting and challenging as I have – a gem that pushes your thinking and does not allow readers to remain neutral.” (Lorna Earl)



accountability administrators assessment distributed leadership education educational leadership effectiveness instructional leadership pedagogical approaches quality reform policies school improvement school leaders self-evaluation student achievement student assessment sustainable systemic reform transformational leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Louis Volante
    • 1
  1. 1., Faculty of EducationBrock UniversityHamiltonCanada

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