The Careers of Public School Admisistrators

Policy Implications from an Analysis of State-Level Data

by Susan M. Gates

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Who is leading our nation's schools? Analyses of state data on the career paths of school administrators in North Carolina, Illinois, and New York have shed light on several key policy issues related to the supply of administrators: progress toward workforce diversity goals, whether promotion of teachers from different gender and racial/ ethnic groups is equitable, and turnover and retention for administrators. This research offers a model for future data collection efforts aimed at providing a systematic understanding not only of school administrators' careers, but of their quality as well.

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