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Leadership--Principal/SchoolEvaluation and Effectiveness
 What States Are Doing
 Selected Research & Readings
 Key Questions

Today, the roles of principals and superintendents are multifaceted and include aspects of both management and instructional leadership. Recent studies suggest that without a strong instructional leader in a school or district, the chances of sustained increased student achievement are small.

Several states are focusing on policies to evaluate and improve the quality of leaders with respect to instructional skills. Georgia, Delaware, Iowa and Virginia, for example, are well on their way to defining what an evaluation of the principal might look like, and what sustained professional development experiences are available to help leaders improve. Some states also are considering how to evaluate school board members.

This Issue Page provides literature, research, state policy examples and links to other sources of information on issues associated with the quality and evaluation of school and district leaders.


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