First Year Principals in Urban School Districts: How Actions and Working Conditions Relate to Outcomes
The RAND Corporation
March 2012


Abstract:

This report by RAND Education, sponsored by New Leaders, shows that about 20 percent of principals new to a school leave that posting within one or two years, leaving behind a school that generally continues on a downward academic slide after their departure. New principals were more likely to leave if test scores dipped in their first year. When those schools hired a new principal, they usually continued to underperform in the following year.

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