ERIC Number: ED479295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Are Schools Facing a Shortage of Qualified Administrators? RAND Research Brief.
RAND Education, Santa Monica, CA.
This research brief recaps a study of a perceived shortage of qualified individuals capable of filling educational administrator positions. There has been a perception that mass numbers of administrators are about to retire or are being lured into other careers, and that schools and districts are having difficulty finding qualified people to replace those who leave. The study reviewed and analyzed existing data and found little evidence of a nationwide crisis in the market for certified school administrators. The study revealed the following. The number of administrators is stable though the group is aging. There is little evidence that school administrators are being lured into other career fields. Principals are not fleeing schools serving disadvantaged students. Overall, individuals appear to have incentives to move into and through the administrative career path. The study also identified several key areas of concern: a significant portion of the administrative population nearing retirement, substantial variation in career incentives on the state and local levels, and barriers to entry that affect teachers' willingness to become school administrators. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Selection, Aging in Academia, Career Change, Career Choice, Career Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Occupational Information, Occupational Mobility, Organizational Change, Principals, School Administration
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: RAND Education, Santa Monica, CA.