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Document Number: 5949

Educating School Leaders - This report - the first in a series of policy papers on the education of educators - offers a critical analysis of the university-based programs that educate the vast majority of the nation's school principals and superintendents. Drawing from a four-year study, this report provides insights into the ways in which these programs operate, the incentives that drive them and the steps that must be taken if they are to improve. The report uses a nine-point template (page 13) to evaluate programs and finds the overall quality of educational administration programs to be poor, stating, "the majority of programs range from inadequate to appalling, even at some of the country's leading universities." Part IV of the report details the factors behind the low quality, and Part VI provides an example of a promising model. (Arthur Levine, The Education Schools Project, March 2005)...

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