Quality Leadership

EdQuest Georgia


Policies should support strong, quality leadership both within schools– teacher-leaders, counselors, principals, and more– and those outside of schools– superintendents and state leaders.

In school systems, the leadership role is paramount. School districts have enormous power to support principals and teachers in driving instructional improvement. Research has shown that when district leaders effectively address specific responsibilities, they have a profound, though indirect, positive impact on student achievement in their districts. Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student achievement.

Review of Georgia Landscape


These are a variety of indicators that pertain to the state of education leadership in Georgia.

Data provided by the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

Georgia Department of Education. (2015). Georgia's Equity Plan - Equitable Access to Effective Educators.

Georgia Leadership Data - By the Numbers

  • 3.2 – Average number of years of tenure of a district superintendent in Georgia: equivalent to the national average.
  • 22 – Average percentage of districts in Georgia have a change in superintendent every year.
  • 19 – Percent annual turnover of principals in Georgia.
  • 23 – Percent annual turnover of principals in Georgia’s schools in the highest poverty quartile.
  • 22 – Percent annual principal turnover in Georgia’s schools in the highest minority quartile.


Leadership Resources



  • Wallace Foundation – A philanthropy working nationally to strengthen policies and practices within school leadership, afternoon, summer learning, arts education, expanded learning and art alliance and audiences.

State Resources








Keep moving forward;
strong policies in place:

Support the leader training, certification, and professional development reforms being developed and implemented by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Proceed with caution;
policies need some work:

Implement and fully support the proposed recommendations concerning leader development in Georgia’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposed state plan, including an increased focus on effective leadership and professional capacity, equitable distribution of strong leaders, and leveraging the P-20 Collaboratives.

Alert! Policy missing
or needs immediate attention:

Develop a comprehensive, statewide plan to support the recruitment, training, and ongoing professional development of leaders at all levels, including schools, districts, school boards, and the state.

Address leadership turnover.