School Leadership Research

NISL endeavors to stay abreast of the latest research on leadership in general and school leadership in particular. Check out some of the most influential reports here—and check back for regular updates.

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Beteille, T., Kalogrides, D., & Loeb, S. (2012). “Stepping Stones: Principal Career Paths and School Outcomes.” Social Science Research, 41(4), 904–919. This article by researchers at Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis finds that principal turnover in one large urban school district is detrimental to student performance and teacher retention.

Branch, G.F., Hanuschek, E.A., & Rivkin, S.G. (Winter 2013). “School Leaders Matter: Measuring the Impact of Effective Principals.” Education Next, 13:1. This article describes a new study that provides evidence on the importance of school leadership by estimating individual principals’ contributions to growth in student achievement.

Briggs, K., Cheney, G.R., Davis, J., & Moll, K. Operating in the Dark: What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership. George W. Bush Institute.This report analyzes findings from the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership’s Principal Policy State Survey on policies that affect principal preparation, licensure, tenure and data collection. The report finds that states are not effectively using their authority to improve the supply of high-quality principals for schools, and offers policy recommendations for states.

Campbell, C., & Gross, B. (September 2012). Principal Concerns: Leadership Data and Strategies for States. Seattle, WA: Center on Reinventing Public Education. This resource for states focuses on improving school leadership and the principal pipeline by tracking the right data and planning strategically.

Chenoweth, K., & Theokas, C. (Fall 2012). “Leading for Learning.” American Educator. This article summarizes a study of 33 principals and assistant principals who led schools to high achievement despite barriers of poverty and racial isolation. What do these school leaders have in common? They all made success possible by setting the vision that all students would be successful; established a climate and culture of success; focused their time on instruction; managed the building to support instruction; and monitored and evaluated continually.

Step Up! Meet the Leadership Challenges of the Coming Year.” (Summer 2012). Phi Delta Kappan. Special section on school leadership.

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