Principals

  • Project

    The American Teacher Panel and the American School Leader Panel

    The American Teacher Panel and the American School Leader Panel report on evolving knowledge, attitudes, practices, and working conditions.

    Apr 7, 2014

  • Report

    Leadership Matters: How to Help Principals Promote Teaching Effectiveness

    As schools and districts move toward performance-based teacher evaluation as a way to improve teaching effectiveness and student outcomes, the principal's role in teacher evaluations is becoming even more important.

    Dec 24, 2013

  • News Release

    Actions School Districts Can Take to Help Principals Better Lead Schools

    States and school districts can help principals be more successful by matching the correct candidate with the appropriate school, by using a high-quality system to evaluate them, by giving them the right amount of autonomy, and by providing them with the resources and support they need to produce better education outcomes.

    Nov 14, 2013

  • Report

    Actions School Districts Can Take to Help Principals Better Lead Schools

    States and school districts can help principals be more successful by matching the correct candidate with the appropriate school, by using a high-quality system to evaluate them, by giving them the right amount of autonomy, and by providing them with the resources and support they need to produce better education outcomes.

    Nov 14, 2013

  • Blog

    Transforming Schools by Developing 21st Century Skills

    If students are to learn the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's competitive world, educators may need to rethink yesterday's teaching practices. That's the rationale behind teaching 21st century skills, which include high-order abilities like teamwork and critical thinking.

    Jul 18, 2013

  • Journal Article

    Six Districts Begin the Principal Pipeline Initiative

    This first report describes the initial plans for initiative implementation in the six participating school districts and the first steps taken toward implementation in the first year after grant award in August 2011.

    Jul 1, 2013

  • Report

    Evaluating Efforts to Improve School Leadership

    Improving school leadership may improve student outcomes. Evaluation is critical for effective use of resources, but poses challenges to states and districts. Evaluators and policymakers should allow time for improvements to show, use multiple evaluation measures, and interpret findings carefully.

    Oct 4, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Evaluating Efforts to Improve School Leadership

    Efforts to improve school leadership may improve student outcomes. Evaluation is critical for effective use of resources, but it poses challenges. Evaluators and policymakers should allow time for improvements to show, use multiple evaluation measures, and interpret findings carefully before applying them to others.

    Oct 4, 2012

  • Report

    Focusing on K-12 Education

    In the area of K–12 education, RAND Education partners with policymakers, school systems, practitioners, and other stakeholders to help improve education outcomes and systems and to increase access and equity.

    Sep 4, 2012

  • Blog

    School Principals Respond to Performance-Based Evaluation System

    It's fair to say the program turned out to be an important step for the district in the context of its overall reform plan considering how important high-quality school leadership is for improving teaching and learning, write Laura Hamilton and John Engberg.

    Aug 15, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Can Performance Incentives Improve School Leadership?

    Most principals reported that participating in a performance incentives program contributed to their professional growth and improved leadership practices. However, the incentives program was integrated with numerous other reforms, so it is impossible to attribute these changes directly to performance incentives.

    Jul 2, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Challenges and Opportunities Facing Principals in the First Year at a School

    Presents a summary of research on first-year principals' experiences, actions, working conditions, and outcomes; the research is intended to inform efforts to promote school improvement and principal retention.

    Feb 23, 2012

  • Report

    How Do Actions and Working Conditions Relate to Outcomes for First-Year Principals in Urban School Districts?

    Principals new to their school face a variety of challenges that can influence their likelihood of improving their schools' performance and their likelihood of remaining the principal. PRGS student Susan Burkhauser (cohort '09) and her RAND coauthors present research on first-year principals' experiences, actions, working conditions, and outcomes. The research is intended to inform efforts to promote school improvement and principal retention.

    Feb 23, 2012

  • Report

    Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems

    Creating more-cohesive policies and initiatives to improve instructional leadership in schools appears to be a promising approach to developing school principals who are engaged in improving instruction.

    Dec 31, 2008

  • Journal Article

    Assistance and Accountability in Externally Managed Schools: The Case of Edison Schools, Inc.

    Ways in which the assistance and resources provided by Edison as well as accountability mechanisms have translated into principal and teacher actions.

    Jul 1, 2008

  • Report

    Value-Added Assessment in Practice

    To encourage and facilitate data-driven decisionmaking, many states and districts have begun providing staff with information from value-added assessment systems—collections of complex statistical techniques that use multiple years of test-score data to estimate the causal effects of individual schools or teachers on student learning.

    Oct 14, 2007

  • Report

    Teacher and Principal Survey Results in the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program

    Three questionnaire surveys were conducted with teachers and principals in the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program.

    Jan 1, 1984

  • Report

    The effects of federal education programs on school principals

    This is a study of the effects of federal education programs on the job of school principals. It asks: (1) how have school principals' jobs changed in the past five years, (2) how much of the change is due to federal programs, and (3) to what degre...

    Jan 1, 1980

  • People

    Lindsay Daugherty

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in economics, University of California, Berkeley

  • People

    Laura S. Hamilton

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in educational psychology, M.S. in statistics, Stanford University; M.S. in psychology in education, University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in music education, Duquesne University