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Report asks: How vital or irrelevant is a superintendent?

LA School Report | October 14, 2014

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Brookings_Logo.jpg alt=Via the Brookings Institute | By Matthew M. Chingos, Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst and Katharine M. Lindquist

Superintendents are highly visible actors in the American education system. As the highest ranking official in a school district, the superintendent receives a lot of credit when things go well, and just as much blame when they don’t. But should they?

Research emerging over the past decade has provided strong evidence of the substantial effects that teachers have on their students’ achievement. More recent findings suggest that principals also have meaningful, albeit smaller, effects on student achievement. However, there is almost no quantitative research that addresses the impact of superintendents on student achievement. This report provides some of the first empirical evidence on the topic.

Read the full report here.

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