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ERIC Number: EJ864167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-28
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Turnover in Principalship Focus of Research
Viadero, Debra
Education Week, v29 n9 p1, 14 Oct 2009
Data available from a handful of states suggest that only about half of beginning principals remain in the same job five years later, and that many leave the principalship altogether when they go. Whether this apparent churn in the principal's office signals a problem, progress, or business as usual seems to be a matter for debate, though. Among those who see the turnover as worrisome is University of Texas researcher Ed J. Fuller, who with his colleague Michelle D. Young published new data this month on the retention rates of newly hired principals in Texas. But another researcher who has studied principals' career patterns, Susan M. Gates, a senior economist for the Santa Monica, Calif.-based RAND Corp., is less bothered by the turnover she sees. If more principals are leaving schools now, she said, it could be because the nationwide movement to hold educators responsible for their students' scores on tests is prompting districts and school boards to oust school leaders who are not producing results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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