Eye on Education

Study Suggests Who Gets That Superintendent Job Isn’t Really That Important

School leadership is certainly an important piece of the student success equation, but a new study from the Brookings Institution puts the very top leadership post – that of superintendent – pretty low on the impact scale. NPR’s Eric Westervelt reports the analysis of test score data from Florida and South Carolina over ten years shows no change in student achievement correlated with the hiring of a new superintendent, and no improvement in achievement over the course of superintendents’ tenure.

At corporations, leadership matters. A lot. Think of the impact of the late Steve Jobs at Apple or Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg today, to name a couple. CEOs often play a vital role in bolstering a company’s performance, image and culture of success.

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