Discussion with US Department of Education on prioritizing leadership in ESSA regulations and guidance
Wallace Foundation discussion with the US Department of Education on prioritizing leadership in ESSA regulations and guidance.
January 19, 2016
- The briefing began with an introduction to the Wallace Foundation and its commitment to evidence-based research.
- In a series of research findings, the briefing posited that, though school leadership is pivotal to the improvement of low-performing schools while assisting in retaining high-quality teachers, principals and other school leaders are often left out of the conversation surrounding school improvement.
- It was argued that addressing school leadership should be a top priority, and regulations such as ESSA should make explicit the permissible use of Title I and II funds to support principals and other school leaders.
- Based on the research presented, the briefing further proposed that principals' direct supervisors should be included in the definition of "school leader," and all expenses related to them should be covered under ESSA Title II.
- Lastly, it was argued that states should use their 3% and 5% Title II set-asides for principal quality activities, including professional development.