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School principals are second only to classroom teachers as the most influential school factor in student achievement. For the lowest-performing schools, strong leadership—including setting and maintaining direction—plays a key role in turning around schools’ performance and improving student outcomes. Assessing the performance of principals is essential given the position’s critical role. AIR researchers reviewed eight publicly available formative assessments of principal performance, focusing on the tool’s approach, time requirement, content and construct validity, and reliability.
AIR has a significant presence at this year's American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Denver. Approximately 80 members of AIR's staff will be participating in a variety of conference proceedings.
This study of school management committees' (SMCs') and parent-teacher councils' (PTCs') development and their contributions describes successful interventions in community participation in school management in Pakistan.
This report compares California’s education resources and student outcomes to those of other states and finds that the state’s education system was among the leanest in the nation prior to the recent recession.
This Connecting Research to Practice brief helps educators make informed decisions about English language learners (ELLs) by providing an overview of key research findings, highlighting federal policies related to ELLs, outlining district-level and school-level action opportunities, and listing resources that offer more information.
The School Leadership Triangle sharpens the reader’s understanding of why and how our education system must change by creating a framework for promoting the conditions that foster real innovation.
This glossary is a resource for professionals involved in English language learner (ELL) education and represents a first step toward developing a comprehensive catalog of terms and definitions to aid educators in their work with the increasing population of ELLs across the country.
Choosing an effective school principal is one of the most significant decisions that a superintendent or school board can make, as new leadership can propel a district forward in meeting its goals. In this issue brief, AIR staff review the research and summarize the challenges facing school superintendents and hiring committees when identifying and selecting candidates. The paper also identifies emerging hiring practices.