Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Education and Human Services


Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Committee Chair

Ernest R. Goeres.


The purpose of this study was to examine long-range plans of schools accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to determine whether evidence of implementation is present in administrators' job descriptions and evaluation documents.;Data were gathered through the use of a survey and by the collection and comparison of long-range plans, administrators! job descriptions, and evaluation documents. A second survey of board chairs was taken to determine the acceptance of the rational planning model presented and their attitudes toward implementation.;Thirty-two schools participated in the study, in which major points of the long-range plans were fisted on a chart. Comparative statements from both administrators' job descriptions and evaluation documents were listed in parallel columns in order to show potential relationships between planning and implementation.;Eighty-seven percent of the documents studied contained comparative language indicating a positive correlation between planning and implementation. However, the comparative language tended to be more general than specific.;One case allowed for direct comparison by leaving blanks on the evaluation document to be filled in by the evaluator.;The conclusion of this study is that based on the comparative language in the documents, there is a clear acceptance of the rational planning model and a clear intention to have the plan implemented. However, further studies should explore the actual results of that intention to implement.