Frederick M. Hess
School leadership is the key to school improvement. In a new era of accountability, where school leaders are expected to demonstrate bottom-line results and use data to drive decisions, the skill and knowledge of principals matter more than ever. Meanwhile, public school choice, charter schooling, developments in teacher compensation and hiring, and site-based budgeting have created new opportunities for principal leadership. In this environment, school improvement rests to an unprecedented degree on school leaders.
Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and director of education policy studies at AEI. Andrew P. Kelly is a graduate student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.