Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has just released a new position statement highlighting the vital role teacher quality plays in student success and outlines recommendations for federal, state, and district policymakers to improve teacher recruitment, preparation, evaluation, and professional development.
NASSP’s recommendations include:

  • Fully funding Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which provides resources for states and districts to strengthen teacher and principal prep programs
  • Incentive teacher preparation programs to partner with district and schools to develop a pipeline of profession-ready teachers
  • Ensure flexible scheduling and additional compensation for teacher leaders to serve as mentors who work side by side with new teachers

“Research shows that teacher effectiveness is the most important school-related factor in student learning—with school leaders following as a close second,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Committing to quality teachers in every classroom is also a commitment to student achievement.”


For a complete list of recommendations, and to read the full position statement, please visit:



The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.