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ERIC Number: ED531253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
The Principal Report: The State of School Leadership in Illinois
White, Bradford R.; Agarwal, Pooja K.
Illinois Education Research Council
Although principals play a vital role as school leaders, exactly how principal leadership affects student learning is only beginning to be understood. In fact, only a few states have analyzed basic profile data on their principals--their demographics, education, and prior experience before leading a school. Most states also have yet to examine how principals change jobs over time or why they leave the profession. The research presented here marks the most comprehensive profile undertaken to date of Illinois principals. With support from The Joyce Foundation, the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville integrated its research on principal demographics and turnover with research on principal effectiveness and a survey of current Illinois principals' job-related beliefs and practices. The IERC analyzed demographic and employment trends among over 7100 individuals serving as Illinois public school principals between 2001 and 2008, statistically modeled principal impact on student achievement and teacher qualifications in over 3500 Illinois public schools, and surveyed more than one in five active public school principals in the 2010-2011 school year. Only charter schools were excluded from the analyses because their personnel are not consistently included in state records of educator employment. This report highlights emerging trends among Illinois principals, synthesizes key findings from the research, and offers recommendations for policy, practice, and preparation to enhance principals' ability to increase student achievement. (Contains 10 figures, 1 table and 6 footnotes.)
Illinois Education Research Council. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Campus Box 1064, Edwardsville, IL 62026. Tel: 866-799-4372; Tel: 618-650-2840; Fax: 618-650-2425; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois University, Illinois Education Research Council
Identifiers - Location: Illinois