Principals

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  • Jessica Coley, a principal-in-training in Prince George's County, Md., stands by some student project work in her school, photo by Karen Sayre

    Essay

    Investing in Principals Helps Students Succeed

    Jul 5, 2019

    Hiring good principals is one of the most important things a district can do for its students, second only to hiring good teachers. Students whose schools participated in a principal pipeline initiative outperformed their peers by six percentage points on reading tests and nearly three points in math.

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    Report

    School Leadership: Teachers and Principals May Have Different Views

    Mar 14, 2019

    Principals almost universally rate themselves as effective in leadership practices such as communicating a clear vision for the school and setting high standards for teaching. Some teachers rate principals lower, and this mismatch in perception could have negative consequences.

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    Infographic

    Four Ways to Foster Successful School Leadership

    Principals are second only to teachers as the most important school factor affecting student achievement. States and school districts can help principals by implementing effective hiring practices, building high-quality evaluation systems, entrusting principals with autonomy, and providing resources and supports.

    May 8, 2014

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    Brochure

    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

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    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

  • Students at James A. Garfield High School immersed in an engineering project

    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

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    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

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    Brochure

    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

  • A principal talking to a student and his parent in her office

    Commentary

    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

    Improving School Leadership Through the Pittsburgh Principal Incentive Program

    A RAND Corporation report examines the Pittsburgh Principal Incentive Program's implementation, how principals have responded to the reforms, and what outcomes followed program implementation.

    Jul 2, 2012

  • Report

    What Are the Effects of Performance-Based Compensation for Principals?

    This study examines the effects of financial incentives for Pittsburgh principals on teacher supervision, student achievement, and gaps between high- and low-achieving students. Findings suggest that the incentives have had positive impacts, however, performance-based compensation requires more scrutiny.

    Jun 25, 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

  • A Maryland elementary school principal poses for a photo with two fifth graders.

    Report

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

    Presents 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

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    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

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    Lindsay Daugherty

    Senior Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in applied economics, University of Michigan; B.A. in economics, University of California, Berkeley

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