School Leadership in Washington State: Today's Leaders and Key Challenges They Face

September 2014


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School principals in Washington State are key figures in how schools perform, and their roles are increasing dramatically as new evaluations and policies are put into place. With this new focus on the importance and evolution of school leadership, it has become clear that we do not know as much about the principals as we do about teachers. This brief presents a picture of Washington’s principal workforce and offers strategies for improvement in areas including hiring, mentoring, and reducing turnover rates.