Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is the ace in Bush’s hand, writes Michelle Davis in the new Education Next. Spellings will need all her political skill to get No Child Left Behind reauthorized.
National Council on Teacher Quality weighs in with its recommendations, including rating the effectiveness of principals:
If we want better teachers, we have to insist on better principals. Congress should seed innovations for fair and reliable ways to assign a performance rating to principals on a range of possible measures (controlling for poverty, adjusting for new assignments and school type), including student achievement data, teacher attendance, teacher turnover, student attendance and disciplinary actions.
Everybody says a good principal is essential to build an effective school, but the definition of “good principal” is fuzzy.