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Does principal pay matter? : An analysis of principal compensation and school performance in Colorado K-12 public schools

by Carlson, David Kurtti


Compensation of K-12 school principals, and the effect that it has on the performance of the schools they lead, has become a relevant education policy debate in recent years as well as a nascent field of academic research. This study examines the relationship between principal salaries and student performance on CSAP tests by using multivariate quintile regressions on data from the 2002-2005 school years. Controlling for differences in cost of living across districts, a positive correlation between principal salaries and student CSAP scores was found, particularly in the mathematics section of the test. However, the percentage of a school's students on free and reduced lunch and teacher salaries were found to have a larger impact on student performance.


Bibliography : pages 77-81.

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