School & District Management Report Roundup

Research Paints Portrait Of Effective Principals

By Christina A. Samuels — April 17, 2012 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Principals are second only to teachers in their impact on student achievement, according to a report that compiles recent research on principal effectiveness.

Released last week, the report was produced by the Center for Public Education, a project of the Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association.

Among its findings, the report says that:

• The job of the principal has changed dramatically, with principals at all levels of K-12 education now focusing on student achievement as well as traditional managerial duties.

• Principals in low-achieving or high-poverty schools tend to have a larger impact on their students than principals in less-challenging schools.

• Principal turnover adversely affects schools.

• Effective principals tend to recruit and retain effective teachers.

• Principals become more effective as they gain experience.

• Instructional leadership seems to be the hallmark of being an effective principal.

Research also finds that effective principals tend to have at least three years of experience at their current schools, share leadership responsibilities, have a clear sense of instructional goals, and conduct unannounced, informal teacher evaluations or classroom visits and give feedback afterward, according to the report.

“School boards, educators, and policymakers who focus on supporting the principal’s role as instructional leader will be supporting what’s best for students as well,” the report concludes.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as Research Paints Portrait Of Effective Principals

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Drive Instruction With Mastery-Based Assessment
Deliver the right data at the right time—in the right format—and empower better decisions.
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Profession Webinar
How Does Educator Well-Being Impact Social-Emotional Awareness in Schools?
Explore how adult well-being is key to promoting healthy social-emotional behaviors for students. Get strategies to reduce teacher stress.
Content provided by International Baccalaureate
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Infrastructure Webinar
A New Era In Connected Learning: Security, Accessibility and Affordability for a Future-Ready Classroom
Learn about Windows 11 SE and Surface Laptop SE. Enable students to unlock learning and develop new skills.
Content provided by Microsoft Surface

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Women Get Overlooked for the Superintendent's Job. How That Can Change
3 female superintendents spell out concrete solutions from their own experience.
4 min read
Susana Cordova, former superintendent for Denver Public Schools.
Susana Cordova is deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District and former superintendent for Denver Public Schools.
Allison V. Smith for Education Week
School & District Management Opinion You Can't Change Schools Without Changing Yourself First
Education leaders have been under too much stress keeping up with day-to-day crises to make the sweeping changes schools really need.
Renee Owen
5 min read
conceptual illustration of a paper boat transforming into an origami bird before falling off a cliff
wildpixel/iStock/Getty
School & District Management Opinion Principals Are Running Scared. Here's How to Steady Them
Mentorship is an old idea with new currency, write the authors of a recent book on helping school leaders thrive.
Phyllis Gimbel & Peter Gow
5 min read
Illustration of a hand holding a flashlight to help guide a person out of a dark space
iStock/Getty
School & District Management With Teacher Morale in the Tank, What's the Right Formula to Turn It Around?
Higher pay is only part of the mix, education experts say.
3 min read
Image of Elementary students and teachers walking in a school hallway.
E+