Chock Full of Data: How School Districts Are Building Leader Tracking Systems to Support Principal Pipelines

Chock Full of Data: How School Districts Are Building Leader Tracking Systems to Support Principal Pipelines

A database that tracks information about the training, qualifications, and performance of current and aspiring principals can help school districts do a better job of training, hiring, and supporting school leaders, a report from finds. The report, (12 pages, PDF), examined the efforts of six school districts taking part in the foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative to use "leader tracking systems" to match strong principal and assistant principal candidates to the right schools, forecast job vacancies, identify training topics and potential mentors for principal candidates, and share aggregate information about the performance of principals with the prep programs from which they graduated. Information collected for the databases includes educational background, employment history in and outside the district, ratings by teachers and supervisors, specialized skills, students' standardized test scores, principals' professional development activities and mentoring experience, and the results of school surveys of teachers, students, and parents.