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EFFECTIVE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

woman holding red folderThis concise, two-page brief provides an overview of why school leadership matters, why it's a good investment and what state policy approaches state are taking to build a pipeline of effective school principals. 

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BUILDING A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL PIPELINE

people working at computerState legislators, school districts and district leaders are in a unique position to initiate meaningful school reform by building a pipeline of effective school principals. This brief summarizes a recent NCSL meeting which examined the current body of research, highlighted lessons learned from states and districts and featured state policy levers and examples.

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STRONG LEADERS STRONG SCHOOLS

school building with adults Leadership matters. A lot. In today's climate of heightened accountability and limited resources, effective leadership is critical to improving teaching and learning and turning around low-performing schools. This publication is the fourth annual report featuring state legislative efforts to support school principals and provides a snapshot of legislation.

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EVALUATING SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

people standing togetherThis report offers guidance for policymakers as they develop systems to evaluate school principals. It provides background information, discusses the state legislative role, provides information about what legislators need to know, and discusses current research.

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OVERVIEW | SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

LEADERSHIP MATTERS — A LOT Effective school principals are key to improving schools and raising student achievement. In fact, principals are second only to teachers among school-related influences on student learning. Nearly 60 percent of a student’s performance is attributable to teacher and principal effectiveness, with principals accounting for about a quarter of a school’s total impact on a student’s academic success. There are virtually no documented instances of troubled schools being turned around without intervention by an outstanding principal.
 
A GOOD INVESTMENT While teachers have a direct impact on students in their classroom, principals affect all students in the school. A good principal is the single most important determinant of whether a school can attract and keep the high-quality teachers necessary to provide students consecutive years of excellent teaching. The combination of effective teachers and strong principals—not one or the other—will improve student academic performance. Targeted investments in good principals can be a particularly cost-effective way to improve teaching and learning because principals ensure that excellent teaching and learning spread beyond single classrooms. They also play a critical role in implementing school-wide reform efforts.
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