Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

December 1992


The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which strategic planning was used in Tennessee school districts and its relationship with school system size, geographic regions, student achievement, fiscal capacity, per pupil property assessment, and percentage of revenue from local sources. The study also sought to determine the perceived constraints and technical assistance needs of school systems regarding strategic planning. The 139 school superintendents in Tennessee were surveyed to determine the degree of use of strategic planning in Tennessee. Surveys were mailed in early September, 1992. Surveys were received over a period of several weeks. A return of 73% was obtained. Findings revealed there is a wide variation in the degree of use of strategic planning. Many districts do not include any planning components other than those required by the State. Crucial elements such as an internal and external analysis were not performed by many systems. Most systems indicated they needed extra staff time, more funds and technical assistance for strategic planning. The major conclusion included the need for planning grants, technical assistance, and the development of a bureau of planning by the State Department of Education.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted