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Creed, Benjamin M.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)


This dissertation examines the legal literacy of principals related to the evaluation of tenured teachers. The quality of teachers, while varied, is important. The evaluation of tenured teachers provides a significant opportunity to impact the quality of teachers and the teacher workforce. This study explores principals’ knowledge of the legal framework in Illinois to identify gaps in knowledge regarding the tenured teacher evaluation process and the associated legal constraints (what do they have to do) and opportunities (what can they do).

In this study, a survey aligned with the legal requirements for tenured teacher evaluation is used to measure principal legal literacy. The results of this survey identify the role of years of experience as a principal and highest degree attained. Further, the survey allows for consideration of principal experience with recommending a poor performing teacher for dismissal based on evaluation.

Improvements made in principal legal literacy around tenured teacher evaluation could have a large, positive impact on the teacher workforce. This study recommends ways to continue to address principal legal literacy in an effort to improve the teacher workforce.


90 pages




Northern Illinois University

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