“We found no other comprehensive district-wide initiatives
with demonstrated positive effects of this magnitude
on student achievement.”
– Susan Gates, lead researcher, RAND
A principal pipeline is a districtwide strategy to develop a large, ongoing supply of effective school leaders. With Wallace Foundation support, six large school districts built pipelines with four aligned components: leader standards, preservice preparation, hiring, and on-the-job support and evaluation.
Building The Principal Pipeline
Adopting rigorous standards for what principals need to know and do—standards that guide principal preparation, hiring, and job support and evaluation.
Delivering high-quality pre-service preparation to promising candidates, through university programs developed in partnership with districts, district-led programs, high-quality independent programs—or a combination of the three.
Using selective hiring procedures, informed by data on candidates and their demonstrated skills, to make good matches between principal and school.
Aligning on-the-job evaluation and support for novice principals.