From Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), a nonprofit outfit that provides research to help strengthen classroom practices, comes a new report designed to identify the leadership skills and behaviors necessary to raise student achievement. The report, titled "Leading Schools: Distinguishing the Essential from the Important," builds on findings from McREL's 2003 research study, ("Balanced Leadership"). This large-scale research study--the largest quantitative study of its kind--not only found a strong link between effective school leadership and student achievement, but also helped define effective leadership by identifying 21 leadership "responsibilities" linked to higher levels of student performance....

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