Study: Good Principals Make a Difference in High-Poverty Schools
Education Week (blog)
How important is school leadership? Where are the most effective leaders, and how can we tell that they — and not circumstance — are responsible for their schools' success? "Estimating the Effect of Leaders on Public Sector Productivity: The Case of School Principals," a new working paper sets out to answer these and other questions about effective principals. Overall, the researchers find wide variation in principal quality. The variation is greater among schools with large concentrations of low-income students. The researchers found that high-quality principals — as determined by a value-added model that includes student achievement and school characteristics — had a large positive impact on their students' achievement
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