Four years into a massive Wallace Foundation effort to help six large urban school districts improve their principal pipelines, an independent study reveals all districts have made impressive strides in helping principals strengthen leadership and classroom instruction.

The report on the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative notes that novice school principals directly benefit from improved quality of their training, hiring, evaluations, mentoring and other support during their crucial first years on the job.

In fact, district superintendents and school leaders were so committed to the training program’s success that benefits were quick to come.

“To a striking extent, all six districts carried out the kinds of policies and practices called for by the Principal Pipeline Initiative,” said lead author Brenda Turnbull of Policy Studies Associates, the group that conducted the study. “The result has been that both superintendents and novice principals are already reporting changes for the better.”

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