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"Understanding and Addressing Principal Turnover: A Review of the Research"

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The average principal stays four years in the position, but that average masks big disparities, finds a new joint report by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Learning Policy Institute.

The report finds that as of the 2016-17 school year, 35 percent of principals had led the same school less than two years, while 11 percent stayed for a decade or more.

The report finds districts can keep school leaders longer by providing more professional development for incoming and veteran principals; working with them to improve school working conditions; stabilizing pay; giving principals more authority to identify and implement solutions to problems at their schools; and changing accountability systems to encourage effective principals to stay in challenging schools.

Vol. 38, Issue 28, Page 4

Published in Print: April 10, 2019, as School Leadership
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