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Does Principal Professional Development Improve Principal Persistence, Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement? Evidence from Pennsylvania’s Inspired Leadership Induction Program

Principals shape the academic setting of schools. Yet, there is limited evidence on whether principal professional development improves schooling outcomes. In 2008-09, Pennsylvania’s Inspired Leadership (PIL) induction program required that newly hired principals complete targeted in-service professional development within five years of employment. Using panel data on all Pennsylvania students, teachers and principals, we leverage within-principal variation in the timing of PIL completion within the same school setting to estimate the impact of PIL induction on principal persistence, teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PIL induction increased principal tenure by 18 percent, corresponding to approximately half an additional year as principal of record; however, PIL induction had no impact on teacher effectiveness or student achievement. We discuss the implications of our findings for principal induction efforts.

Keywords
Principal induction; professional development; principal tenure; student achievement; teacher effectiveness
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Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/z46p-cq19

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Steinberg, Matthew P., and Haisheng Yang. (). Does Principal Professional Development Improve Principal Persistence, Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement? Evidence from Pennsylvania’s Inspired Leadership Induction Program. (EdWorkingPaper: -190). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/z46p-cq19

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