Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Patrick M. Jenlink

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry McConnell

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield


The focus of this study was to investigate the teachers' perceptions of the principal's leadership behaviors and how the achievement level of the students was affected. Three middle schools representing the Prairie View Public Schools were used in the study. These middle schools were Sparta Middle School, High Plain Middle School, and Middleville Middle School.

A staff survey was given to the 33 teachers in each of the buildings. The survey dealt with 18 leadership behaviors of the principal. The teachers were asked to rate the behaviors as to their importance to them and if the behaviors existed. The survey was then analyzed using six criteria to rate the leadership behaviors of the principals.

The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores of the students in each of the buildings were collected. The building composite scores for the building used was seventh grade mathematics and English and eighth grade science. The scores were analyzed to compare student achievement with the perceptions of teachers about the principal. The comparison was made to see if there was a relationship between student achievement and leadership behaviors in these buildings.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access