The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will require school leaders to effect long-term, systemic change in school culture and classroom practice. Principals must reset expectations and change belief systems around student achievement in a way that places all students on the pathway to college and career. Principals must fundamentally change classroom practice, move students from ‘behaving to believing to achieving,’ and significantly raise student achievement schoolwide over an extended period of time. And principals must accomplish it all with diminishing resources and larger class sizes.
No one has yet fully implemented the standards. So, teachers and principals are all learners. But the CCSS mandates draw on a set of skills and experiences that some school leaders have already acquired if they have successfully: