Study: States lack data on principals

A good school requires a good principal, nearly everyone agrees. But most states collect little or no information about how their principals are prepared, licensed, supported and evaluated, concludes Operating in the Dark, an analysis by the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute.

“While 47 states reported they have adopted standards for principal effectiveness . . . just 17 states include learning outcomes when evaluating principal-preparation programs,” notes Ed Week. “Only six states—Connecticut, Georgia, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington—use some evidence of effectiveness in renewing principals’ licenses.”Rhode Island  creating comprehensive systems to follow principals from their training programs through licensing, placement, and school leadership.

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  1. Tom Linehan says:

    I remember reading years ago about two schools very close to each other that were virtually identical in terms of inputs and demographics but the results were very different even for the reporter who was not well versed in eduction issues. One school was far better than the other and it was obvious that the difference stemmed from the principals.

  2. Roger Sweeny says:

    “While 47 states reported they have adopted standards for principal effectiveness . . . just 17 states include learning outcomes when evaluating principal-preparation programs,” notes Ed Week. “Only six states—Connecticut, Georgia, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington—use some evidence of effectiveness in renewing principals’ licenses.”

    As far as I know, no state uses learning outcomes in evaluating teacher-preparation programs or in renewing teachers’ licenses. Why should it be any different for principals?

    • Indeed.

      Kind of underlines what I’ve been getting at for some time – that the public education system is institutionally indifferent to learning outcomes and thus indifferent to the professional skills of those ostensibly responsible for those learning outcomes.