Published Online: September 16, 2014
Published in Print: September 17, 2014, as District Leadership

Report Roundup

District Leadership

"School Superintendents: Vital or Irrelevant?"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Superintendents have very little influence on student achievement in their districts, a report suggests.

The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution examined the role of superintendents in Florida and North Carolina, using student-level administrative data from the 2000-01 to 2009-10 school years.

The study found that hiring a new superintendent has little or no meaningful impact on student achievement, nor is there any association with superintendent turnover and improvements in student test scores.

It analyzed a decade's worth of 4th and 5th grade mathematics test scores in North Carolina, and found that superintendents accounted for only 0.3 percent of student differences in achievement—a statistically significant but small effect.

Vol. 34, Issue 04, Page 5

Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented