The Tennessee Education Research Alliance conducted a study recently that found schools with the highest numbers of disadvantaged students also had the least experienced, lowest-rated principals.
The research was the second part of a series on effective school leadership. The first brief found:
- Students achieved more in schools with higher principal ratings.
- Highly rated principals enjoy more positive teacher perceptions of school leadership and climate.
- Highly rated principals retain a greater number of effective teachers.
The second brief found:
- More experienced and higher-rated principals are concentrated in schools with fewer students in poverty, low-achieving students, and students of color.
- Hiring and turnover drive inequities in principal quality across the state.
- Schools with higher proportions of students in poverty, low-achieving students, and students of color are more likely to hire inexperienced or ineffective principals and to experience greater principal turnover.
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