The Principal Effectiveness paper documents lessons learned from school leaders making breakthrough gains in student achievement and teacher effectiveness. It includes policy recommendations for school turnarounds and key insights from The Urban Excellence FrameworkTM (UEF).
Teachers and principals are the two most important in-school factors driving school success, with principals accounting for 25 percent and teachers 33 percent of a school’s total impact on achievement.
New Leaders strongly advocates for the adoption of an evidence-based, three-pronged definition of principal effectiveness and the alignment of all human capital policies to this definition.
Leadership Actions: UEF
New Leaders developed the UEF to understand and define the key leadership actions taken by highly effective principals to drive teacher effectiveness and student learning outcomes. Over the past few years, we have built an evidence-based framework rooted in data from more than 60 site visits comparing incremental and breakthrough-gaining urban public schools in 10 cities across the country. We also incorporated a full review of the practices documented by the Effective Practice Incentive Community. We found that certain leadership actions within the following five categories are critical to achieving transformative results: