Data points

By Learning Forward
February 2023
 FORTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF PRINCIPALS COME FROM ASSISTANT PRINCIPALSHIP Researchers from Oregon studied 14 years of administrative data from that state to understand public school principals’ career paths. Principals had accrued most of their experience within the state but not necessarily in their current district. Just under half (48%) of new principals came from an assistant principal role, while 19% came from a classroom teaching position and 33% came from another role. The authors recommend differentiated support for principals based on their career paths, writing, “For instance, those coming through pathways other than the [assistant principal] may not gain access to the same degree of mentorship available to those who do.” On the other hand, they point out, those principals may also bring other skills that

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