AIR and Turnaround for Children have authored two white papers to support districts who are applying for the Race to the Top – District (RTTD) competition. The two white papers provide guidelines for establishing foundational conditions as outlined by RTTD and for using a specific set of metrics to measure their effectiveness and impact.
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1 Jun 2012
The leaders of two of California’s largest urban school districts—Fresno and Long Beach—entered into a formal learning partnership with the goal of preparing all students for success. This is an overview of four briefs developed by AIR about different aspects of the partnership, and calls out key lessons for district leaders, policymakers, funders, and researchers.
30 Apr 2012
After providing a short historical overview of the changing role of school principals, the brief presents two policy perspectives on principal effectiveness and, finally, introduces a research-based framework for defining principal effectiveness. It finds that principal evaluation systems should not be based solely on student achievement gains, but rather on the quality of a principal’s school-level leadership and performance.