Operating in the Dark

Operating in the Dark: What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership

February 05, 2013 - 10:00 am
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Please join this important discussion about the state role in increasing the supply of high-quality principals and monitoring their effectiveness.

The United States faces a shortage of high-quality school leaders at a time when it is more apparent than ever that principals are key to attracting and retaining teacher talent and driving the improvement of student learning.

While districts hire principals, states control the entry point to the principalship, overseeing the preparation and licensure of school leaders. Yet, to date, there has been no one central repository of information on state policies impacting principal preparation, licensure, tenure, and data collection to monitor the outcomes of those policies.

The Bush Institute’s new report, Operating in the Dark: What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership, is a first-of-its-kind compilation of state-reported data on how the 50 states and the District of Columbia are using their authority to increase the supply of high-quality principals.

Please join us for a presentation of the study’s findings and a panel discussion, moderated by Fordham’s Chester E. Finn, Jr., on how states can strengthen the rigor of the principal preparation program approval process and establish licensure requirements that validate and confirm that principals are indeed ready for the job and effective once employed as school leaders. The panelists will also discuss the role of the states in collecting data on principal effectiveness once school leaders are on the job and using that data to increase the supply of high-quality principals available for hire.

Space is limited. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please RSVP by Friday February 1.

To RSVP, email your name, job title, and organization to Patrick Kobler at pkobler@bushcenter.org.




Deborah A. Gist, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education

TonyBennett.png Tony Bennett, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education (former Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana)

Richard Laine, Director, Education Division, National Governors Association


Ben Fenton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, New Leaders

 kerryann.png Kerry Ann Moll, Director, Alliance to Reform Education Leadership, George W. Bush Institute
 Bethany.png Bethany Little, Managing Partner, America Achieves
 Finn.jpg Chester E. Finn, Jr., President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute