How Principals Affect Students and Schools

How Principals Affect Students and Schools

A Wallace Foundation report provides a compelling portrait of a principal's influence on a school and its students, sharing its findings on more than two decades of research. Key Findings: 

  • The impact of having an effective principal on student achievement is nearly as large as the impact of having a similarly effective teacher.

  • Principals have substantively important effects that extend beyond student achievement, including reductions in student absenteeism and exclusionary discipline. Research also shows clear links between effective leadership and important teacher outcomes, including more positive teacher working conditions and reduced turnover.

  • Effective principals orient their practices toward instructional-focused interactions with teachers, productive school climates, collaboration and professional learning communities, and strategic personnel and resource management processes.

Click here to read the report.

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