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Leadership--Principal/SchoolRecruitment and Retention
 What States Are Doing
 Selected Research & Readings
 Key Questions
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Most states are experiencing a serious shortage of candidates for both principal and superintendent positions. The shortage is due to high retirement rates coupled with several other factors. Principal positions require an enormous amount of time and energy, and school leaders are under intense pressure, both internally and externally, to raise student achievement. Many educators say that salaries for these positions are not worth the additional stress and workloads they entail. In fact, demographic data show that, unlike the national teacher shortage, there are plenty of credentialed school and district administrators available, but they are choosing not to use their license to move into leadership positions.

All of this is happening at a time when effective school and district leadership has been shown to be a critical element in improving student learning, closing the achievement gap and creating school environments where continuous improvement is expected.

This Issue Page provides readings, research, state policy examples and links to other sources of information about the recruitment and retention of school and district leaders.


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