Now more than ever, school leadership can affect student achievement. Research over the past ten years has proven that effective principals are one of the most important factors to improved student performance, second only to excellent teachers.
Extraordinary demands have been placed on today's principals and assistant principals, and with these demands, robust support mechanisms for preparation, mentoring, professional development, and effective evaluation systems are needed.
NASSP is actively engaged with federal policymakers to ensure that there is strong federal investments in these support systems, and technical assistance to support school leaders in their ongoing work to increase student achievement and enhance instruction through preparation, professional development, and evaluation.
Legislative or Policy Priorities
- School Principal Recruitment and Training Act (H.R. 930/S. 476)
- Better Educator Support and Training Act (H.R. 1751/ S. 882)
- Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Leaders Act (H.R. 3925)
- Educator Preparation Reform Act (H.R. S. 2419)
- Great Teaching and Leading for Great Schools Act (H.R. 848)
- Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
- Rethinking Principal Evaluation
- NASSP/NAESP Joint Policy Brief on Teacher Evaluation
- NASSP Board Position Statements
- Highly Effective Principals, Revised November 2013
- Ethics for School Leaders, Revised November 2013
- Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, February 24, 2011
- Leadership Development for School Leaders, May 6, 2000; revised May 9, 2009
- Professional Compensation for Principals, May 2, 2008
- Advanced Certification for Principals (formerly American Board for Leadership in Education (ABLE), July 13, 2006
- Principal Shortage, July 11, 2002
- Alternative Preparation and Licensure of Principals, March 8, 2001; revised July 9, 2009
- Participating Coalitions
- Letter to House and Senate to Support Funding for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program
- Letter to House Appropriations Committee to Support Title II Funding
The House made an unconscionable decision yesterday to eliminate funding for Title IIA. With an abundance of research pointing to educator quality as the primary factor in student success, a budget that singles out support for educators as unworthy of federal investment sends the public a message that Congress does not care about the educators that serve over 35 million students in our nation's schools. This decision is particularly painful given that this very same body passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with new rules to narrow the uses of Title II funds to their intended purpose of developing teachers, principals and other school leaders. We strongly encourage members of Congress and the Senate to do better for our nation's students and restore Title IIA funding to its authorized level of $2.295 billion.
- Coalitions Call on Congress to Provide Strong Funding for School Leadership