Gateways to the Principalship: State Power to Improve the Quality of School Leaders

Posted on February 02, 2012

A new report from the Center for American Progress analyzed state policies and requirements for principal preparation, approval, and certification in a sample of 16 states and found eight of them are “lagging” and eight are “leading” in their efforts to ensure that schools are led by effective leaders. The report found that a growing research base defines the dispositions, skills, and knowledge needed for effective school leadership today, but few educators are being measured against these criteria prior to becoming principals. According to the authors, because states play a critical role in determining who leads schools, it is imperative that they make improvements in principal preparation programs and principal licensures to guarantee that each and every school is led by a high-quality principal.

Source: Center for American Progress

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