The School Leadership Program (SLP), housed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, provides grants to support the development, improvement and expansion of programs designed to provide high-need schools with high-quality leaders. In this edition of the SLP Highlights, we share the significant impact the SLP program had on the development of principals throughout the state of North Carolina through the NC State leadership academies.
Typically, new principals experience a dip in scores (Grissom, Kalogrides, & Loeb, 2015), yet SLP-funded NELA principals all had improvements in student achievement scores. Reading scores were especially strong in schools led by NELA graduates.
According to a partner rural district superintendent, “”Some folks talk about coming out here [rural areas] to help our schools but they seldom deliver or stay long enough to make an impact, but not NC State. You all are helping us in impactful ways. … Most importantly – helping us get the right leaders in place.”