In 2011, The Wallace Foundation launched the Principal Pipeline Initiative, an effort to help six urban school districts improve their “principal pipelines,” systems to train, hire, and evaluate and support school principals. This five-report series examines the steps the districts took to put strong pipelines in place, the challenges they faced and lessons other districts could draw from their work. The last report in the series, which looks over the sweep of the initiative, concludes that the districts were able to carry out the kinds of policies and practices called for by the effort “to a striking extent.”
A cost study, looking at both expenditures and resources the districts have drawn on to build their pipelines, is expected to be published by the RAND Corporation in 2017. An examination of the pipelines’ impact on schools and students, also by RAND, is scheduled for the following year.