Research suggests investment in school leadership should be considered a highly cost-effective approach to successful school improvement. Most school districts invest at least some resources to the preparation, hiring and support of school leaders. Until recently, less has been known about the specifics of these investments including the amount of resources dedicated to school leaders, where these resources are invested in the leadership pipeline, or the return on investment they offer districts.
To begin addressing this gap in knowledge, the RAND Corporation released, with support from The Wallace Foundation, a report entitled, What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines: Costs and Other Resources. The report focuses on the six districts that participated in The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI) and provides estimates of the resources these districts invested in the development and operation of their principal pipeline.
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Figure One. District Resources Devoted to Principal Pipeline