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Evaluating Principals

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When asked in a new survey to rate their performance on a number of measures, principals had a higher opinion of their skills than did parents and teachers, who showed more agreement with one another.

Percent Saying "Excellent"

Principals Teachers Parents
Respecting the people in the school 78 36 34
Being approachable 71 39 34
Being a visible presence throughout the school 67 38 42

Supporting teachers in the school to be the best teachers they can be

65 33 28
Encouraging students to achieve 59 35 34
Being a good listener 53 30 27
Being an overall leader of the school 45 30 34
Providing opportunities for teachers' professional development 43 31 22

SOURCE: "Metropolitan Life Survey of the Teacher 2003: An Examination of School Leadership."

Vol. 23, Issue 22, Page 6

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