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Document Number: 8559

Principal Effectiveness and Leadership in an Era of Accountability: What Research Says - Recent work by Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) researchers has advanced our knowledge base on school leadership and specifically principal effectiveness, by drawing on longitudinal state data to estimate the effects of principals for different kinds of schools and students. This work sheds light on important issues related to school leadership and principal effectiveness, such as: (1) Evidence that the quality of a principal affects a range of school outcomes; (2) the school principal's job is complex and multifaceted; and (3) principals with the experience and skills needed to be effective are less likely to be working in high-poverty and low-achieving schools. (Jennifer King Rice, CALDER, April 2010)...

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