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Center on Reinventing Public Education

Common sense and recent research make it clear that successful schools need strong principals. Strong principals help drive school performance in many ways, from shaping a school's mission and culture to hiring, developing, and retaining good teachers. Even so, principals often get short shrift in today's debates about human capital in public education. Compared to the large body of research and policy attention revolving around teachers, the field knows surprisingly little about the principal workforce. This knowledge gap means that it often is hard for school districts and states to make strategic decisions to improve their principal workforces. Where do most principals come from? How long do they stay in the job? How well do they perform? How many will need to be hired and developed in the future? Few districts or states know the answers. States need to build detailed longitudinal data systems to answer these and other important questions about their principals, just like the ones they have to track teachers and students. In the meantime, state and local leaders can examine the administrative data they already have to get a basic picture of their principal workforce, one that can help prompt deeper questions and discussions about the challenges and opportunities they face. This "Principal Concerns" data brief is an example of this type of analysis for Indiana. The authors use publicly available state administrative data on principals and schools, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education, to examine the following questions: (1) How many principals are near retirement eligibility, and how is retirement eligibility distributed across schools and locations?; and (2) How many principals are leading schools with results that seem to beat the odds, and how many principals are struggling? The answers to these basic questions have the potential to prompt deeper discussion about the principal workforce. (Contains 4 figures and 10 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Educational Policy, Eligibility, Retirement, Principals, Human Capital, Public Education, Labor Needs, Administrator Effectiveness, National Competency Tests, Labor Turnover, School Administration

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Autor: Martin, Katherine; DeArmond, Michael


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