Researcher's ClipboardNAESP offers a wealth of research-based information on issues, topics, and trends that affect elementary and middle-level education and the principalship. Access these resources to get the research and data you need to answer questions, explore the latest literature, and investigate innovative ideas.

The K-8 Principal in 2008: A 10-Year Study
This seminal report—the only one of its kind—is the eighth in a series of comprehensive studies launched in 1928. Conducted by NAESP and Educational Research Service, the study features current and longitudinal data on demographics, conditions of employment, responsibility and authority, and critical issues, among other areas of concern to K-8 principals. Download topic sections and charts or the entire 198-page document.

The State of Play: Gallup Survey of Principals on School Recess
A new, first-of-its-kind Gallup poll reveals that elementary school principals overwhelmingly believe recess has a positive impact not only on the development of students’ social skills, but also on achievement and learning in the classroom. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NAESP, and Playworks, the poll's executive summary and the full report explain its context and results in great detail. You can also visit to learn about first lady Michele Obama's campaign to eliminate the childhood obesity epidemic currently affecting one third of America's children and how increased recess time can contribute this effort.

Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters
This KIDS COUNT special report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life and affirms the Casey Foundation's commitment to narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children and help ensure that all students are proficient in reading by the end of third grade.

Reports and Areas of Study
Find timely research and reports about elementary and middle-level education from a wide range of sources, including colleges and universities, federal and state government agencies, policy organizations, and other education associations. NAESP has categorized research in the following areas:

  • Measuring Academic Performance: Find the studies pertaining to the ways that schools, states, and the federal government measure students' academic progress as well as federal and state-level trends in student achievement.
  • School Curricula:  Find studies pertaining to trends and innovative programs that are being implemented in schools curricula.
  • Schools and School Districts: Find studies pertaining to trends in specific school districts, the role of teachers and principals, and the debate over charter schools.
  • Education Policy: The following studies address federal and state education policy and the effects education policy has on schools and school districts.
  • After School: Find ten case studies of School-Based After-School Programs and Resources