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


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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