A recent Wallace Foundation Report titled Preparing a Pipeline of Effective Principals highlighted the key role that principals play in leading schools and raising student achievement.
- Nearly 60 percent of a school’s influence on student achievement is attributable to teacher and principal effectiveness, and principals alone account for as much as 25 percent.
- Research also shows that the effects of leadership are considerably greater in the most struggling schools.
- Virtually no documented instances occur where troubled schools are turned around if they do not have a talented leader.
- High-quality principals recruit, develop and retain talented teachers and remove less effective ones.