How can states help districts and schools access more quality principals?
Principals play a critical role in supporting teachers and raising student achievement, yet most state policies regarding leadership preparation need significant improvement. While districts control nearly every aspect of the recruiting and hiring process, states have authority over entry into the principal role, including:
Approval of principal preparation programs, and setting program and applicant standards, coursework, and on-the-job learning time.
Establishment of licensure and certification rules, including initial licensure and renewals.
Oversight of preparation programs, including collecting and monitoring data regarding recruitment, selection, and performance.