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Leadership--Principal/SchoolCertification and Licensure
 What States Are Doing
 Selected Research & Readings
 Key Questions

As state accountability measures become more powerful and more prevalent, leaders at various levels of the education system — the principal, the superintendent and the school board — are increasingly responsible for improving student achievement.

It is therefore important for state policymakers and education leaders to evaluate licensure and certification processes. States must decide what skills are essential to effective leadership, and determine whether their current licensing system ensures that school and district leader candidates have those skills. Many states are reexamining their systems and using new sets of standards that leaders must meet before becoming licensed. In addition, states are considering alternative systems of licensure that allow entry of nontraditional candidates into the system.

This Issue Page provides literature, research, state policy examples and links to other sources of information on the licensure and certification of school and district leaders.


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