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Characteristics and Career Paths of School Leaders in North Carolina

Region:
Southeast
Abstract:

Description: The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) are interested in improving the quality and raising the number of principals in North Carolina's educator workforce, particularly principals leading rural schools. To support these efforts, the two groups have partnered with the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL-Southeast) to conduct a study of North Carolina's assistant principals and principals. Specifically, the researchers will examine the demographics, educational attainment, certifications, and career paths of North Carolina's school leaders from 2001/02 through 2012/13. This information will be shared with members of the REL-Southeast's School Leadership in North Carolina Research Alliance (which includes members from DPI and NCPAPA) to support their efforts to enhance the principal pool and quality of school leaders. The information will also be shared with other educators, administrators, policy makers, and researchers across the region and nation interested in examining the principal workforce in their states.

Research Questions:

  1. How did the gender and racial/ethnic composition, educational attainment, and licenses of North Carolina's school leaders change from 2001/02 through 2012/13? Did these characteristics differ between leaders in nonrural and rural schools?
  2. What were the 10-year retention paths of North Carolina's school leaders after their initial position as an assistant principal or principal from 2001/02 through 2003/04? Did retention paths differ between nonrural and rural school leaders?
  3. What were the 10-year recruitment paths of North Carolina's school leaders before their final position as an assistant principal or principal in 2010/11 through 2012/13? Did recruitment paths differ between nonrural and rural school leaders?

Projected Release Data: Fall 2016

Research Alliance: School Leadership in North Carolina Research Alliance

Study Related Products: A What's Happening report

Principal Investigators & Affiliation:
La'Tara Osborne-Lampkin, Ph.D., Jessica Sidler Folsom, Ph.D., Florida State University
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