A principal’s job is only getting harder, according to the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. A whopping 75 percent of principals feel the job has become too complex, and job satisfaction rates decreased nine percentage points in less than five years, to just 59 percent. And seven in 10 principals say their job responsibilities are very different from what they were five years ago.
“Right now, we have the perfect storm of implementation: the Common Core State Standards, new teacher evaluations, and new accountability systems,” says Mel Riddile, associate director for high school services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Today, principals have to motivate and re-train teachers while transitioning schools to these new standards and systems, he adds, with fewer resources due to budget constraints. “It’s dramatically changed their role. Instead of being an inspector of effective teaching, they are now a builder of teacher capacity.”
Via Mel Riddile