Struggling schools need effective principals to turn them around. But little is known about how districts can develop such principals. This report takes the first step in filling this knowledge gap, detailing year one of a Wallace Foundation-supported effort to help six urban school districts improve how they train, place and support principals. One key finding: Most of the districts were interested in boosting the number of strong principal candidates in part because they had seen a decrease in the size and quality of the applicant pool.
Separately, Wallace offers a compilation of leader standards developed by the districts.