Oct 30, 2018
States play a role in fostering an environment that develops and supports effective school principals. This report examines how seven states that are partnering on university-based program redesign are using state-level policy levers—standards, recruiting, oversight of principal preparation programs, licensing, professional development, evaluation, and leader tracking systems—to improve the quality of school principals.
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Effective school principals are associated with better outcomes for students and schools, and states play a role in fostering an environment that develops and supports effective principals. The authors of this report examine how seven states are using state-level policy levers to improve the quality of school principals. Each of the states is part of The Wallace Foundation's University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI), which launched in 2016 and brings together a university-based principal preparation program with school districts and state partners in each state to support the development of effective principals.
In examining state efforts, the authors focus on seven policy levers that states can use to improve school leadership—standards, recruiting, approval and oversight of principal preparation programs, licensing, professional development, evaluation, and leader tracking systems—and identify cross-state themes and generalizable lessons.
State Context for School Leadership Policy
How UPPI States Use Policy Levers
Perspectives on the Effective Use of Policy Levers
Challenges to and Facilitators of Policy Change
Conclusions and Recommendations
State Profiles Overview