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Report Series: Leadership Assessment
Part 2 of 2

Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education

Technical Manual 1.0

This report describes the conceptual framework and results of field testing of VAL-ED, an effective tool for assessing school principals as leaders of learning.
November 2008
3 mixed race woman sitting at a table having a discussion and using a laptop in a classroom
  • Author(s)
  • Andrew C. Porter, Joseph Murphy, Ellen Goldring, Stephen N. Elliott, Morgan S. Polikoff, and Henry May
  • Publisher(s)
  • Vanderbilt University
Page Count 163 pages


The crucial task of developing good school leaders has been hampered by the lack of an effective tool to assess principals’ work. The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education, or VAL-ED, developed at Vanderbilt University with Wallace Foundation support, seeks to fill the need. This technical manual describes the tool and its results in national field tests.

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