Reston, VA.--The importance of principals in school improvement efforts is finally being acknowledged in a recently released report by the Aspen Institute´s Commission on No Child Left Behind, but the recommendations included in the report fall short of truly addressing the needs of today´s middle level and high schools.

The Commission recommends establishing a definition of Highly Effective Principal (HEP). Under the proposal, states would have four years to implement a system to designate principals as HEPs. Principals who are employed by a school that does not make adequate yearly progress could have his or her HEP status revoked if the...

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