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Does the principal’s job need to be made ‘more appealing’?

On Board Online • August 11 2014

By Russ Moore

I just finished my 26th year as a principal in Albany County’s North Colonie Central School District. I am not the same principal I was when hired, or even that I was 10 years ago. The responsibilities of my job have changed, and so have I.

More than in the past, both teachers and principals rely on data to influence or inform instructional practices. Being able to analyze data to evaluate a teacher’s effectiveness in a given facet of teaching is crucial. A person entering administration today has got to be conversant with this component of supervision, in addition to having many other skills and abilities.

Because the demands of the job have increased and become more complex, it’s not surprising that well-qualified teachers might not pursue the role of principal. They might look at the additional time and job responsibilities that accompany any principal’s job and make the decision that’s it’s just not worth it. Although the principal might get paid a bit more, a teacher might view his or her current salary as “good enough.”

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Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on grades 3-8 test scores

FOR RELEASE:  August 14, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Today’s test results for students in grades 3-8 are encouraging. More students than last year were deemed proficient in math and English/language arts.  

That said, too many students in our schools still are not reaching the mark. The state’s “matched students” approach is a promising tool that could help schools better understand individual student growth and needs in specific subject areas. 


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