To provide the education field greater clarity about the assistant principal role and how to best prepare and support assistant principals and prepare them for success as principals.
Mathematica partnered with Vanderbilt University to synthesize two decades of research on assistant principals and perform new analyses of existing data to shed light on this increasingly prevalent, yet often overlooked education leadership role.
The Wallace Foundation
Over the past 25 years, the number of assistant principals has been steadily increasing, as has the number of principals with prior experience as an assistant principal. However, the knowledge base on assistant principals has not grown in parallel with their increased presence in schools. To help policymakers, practitioners, and researchers better understand the assistant principal role and leverage it to promote equity and school effectiveness, The Wallace Foundation commissioned a synthesis of research on assistant principals.
The evidence and insights from this project includes publications from the research synthesis and publications that discuss:
- How the assistant principal role can promote equity and diversity in the pathway to the principalship
- How the assistant principal role can contribute to equitable experiences and outcomes for students, teachers, and staff
- Recommended research and policy actions that would benefit the education field and advance more equitable outcomes for students and education leaders
The Role of Assistant Principals: Evidence and Insights for Advancing School Leadership
Assistant principals play an important role in advancing equity, student outcomes, and principal effectiveness, according to the study report. In this webinar, the authors of the report explain these key findings and a panel of education experts share their reactions.
Evidence & Insights From This Project
The Role of Assistant Principals: Evidence and Insights for Advancing School Leadership, Study Highlights
This summary provides insights about the growing presence of assistant principals based on a synthesis of 20 years of research, along with new analyses. Existing evidence suggests the role is overlooked, although assistant principals are important for advancing equity and school outcomes.Learn More
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