Leadership for Common Core: More Than One Thousand School Principals Respond
This brief summarizes respondent perspectives on Common Core State Standards implementation. For state and national leaders, survey findings provide insight into principals’ current beliefs, knowledge, and actions with respect to the Common Core. With this information, national leaders may consider ways to support principals as instructional leaders and change agents through policy changes and professional supports.
The descriptive analysis of survey results of principals from the 14 states shows the following:
- More than 80 percent are prioritizing the Common Core for school improvement and their own learning, and more than 60 percent set the Common Core as a top priority.
- More than 80 percent agreed that the Common Core have potential to improve conceptual understanding, increase student skill mastery, and create more meaningful assessments of students.
- 100 percent reported that they are participating in professional development focused on the Common Core; however, 70 percent reported that they were not provided professional development on budgeting or managing the Common Core change process.
- More than 70 percent reported that they had enacted change processes in schools by engaging teachers, modifying assessments, and aligning curriculum, yet less than one half of the respondents reported that they had upgraded curriculum materials or technology to support long-term Common Core implementation.
- More than 70 percent had not taken action to integrate the Common Core into expanded learning opportunities, special education programs, or English-language learner programs, which provide important services to students.