The Role of Cognitive Validity Testing to Understand Leadership Practice in the Development of CALL, the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning

WCER Working Paper No. 2012-11

Mark H. Blitz and Jason Salisbury

December 2012, 18 pp.

ABSTRACT: The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) is an online task-based assessment of distributed instructional leadership. In Year 2 of a 4-year grant, CALL researchers piloted the survey in six schools in Wisconsin in order to test and refine the survey instrument. In conducting various cognitive walk-through interviews following survey administration, the CALL researchers identified the challenges and opportunities in developing a task-based leadership assessment. Implications for educational leadership research survey design are discussed.

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keywords: Leadership, Assessment, Cognitive Validity, CALL