Stellar teaching and impactful learning require purposeful assessment and relevant feedback, with principals at the center of ensuring that the cycle nets student achievement gains. But with so many educators decrying testing overload and initiative fatigue, it’s no wonder that student assessments can start to feel like an unproductive add-on. This issue of Principal magazine offers strategies school leaders can use to integrate assessments and feedback in a way that enhances and augments learning.
Leading Lessons: Start Off StrongRead More
Many leaders start with a goal to inspire their staff at the beginning of the school year, but there…
Postscript: Why Principals Need NetworksRead More
Other principals can give you the leadership support you’ve been seeking.
In the Middle: 30 Minutes to CareRead More
One middle school’s flexible period gets students involved in activities beyond the classroom.
Parents & Schools: Reinventing Back-to-School NightsRead More
Get students involved in creating parent engagement.
Principal’s Bookshelf: Making Culture a VerbRead More
Jimmy Casas’ Culturize can help leaders create a caring, safe, and effective school environment.
Speaking Out: Turnover Impacts TeachingRead More
Inequity undermines principal longevity, affecting student achievement.
Reflective Principal: The Process Takes TimeRead More
Don’t look to data for a quick fix when it comes to measuring growth.
Raising the Bar: Six Steps Toward Improved AssessmentRead More
Evaluations don’t always have to be high-stakes to be effective.
Best Practice: Growth is the GoalRead More
The do’s and don’ts of teacher observations and evaluation.
Practitioner’s CornerShape Play to Shape MindsRead More
Well-designed playgrounds and play structures provide a favorable setting for child development.
In the Spotlight: Northern LightRead More
Alaska principal Michael Angaiak on tradition and support.
Math That’s Open to EveryoneRead More
A shift in beliefs is key to advancing access and equity in math instruction.
Building a Culture of NumeracyRead More
Schools that create positive perceptions about math instruction can boost performance, too.
Making Data Mean SomethingRead More
A data-informed culture uses assessments to create milestones toward a shared educational goal.
A Critical Look at HomeworkRead More
Assignments should address each student’s goals and circumstances to support learning.
Making the Grade?Read More
Parents view report card grades as most important for understanding achievement. Teachers don’t.
Research Roundup: Data That Drives DecisionsRead More
Recent reports discuss the use of data in implementing instruction and improvement.
A Formative ExperienceRead More
A school’s assessment journey will be marked by milestones—and a few bumps.
Assessment That Supports EquityRead More
Strategies to encourage progress instead of measuring what’s already known.
5 Things: May/June 2019Read More
The work of a principal is never done. You do it all, and you love it. But even principals…