Developing Data Analysis Skills in Principals.
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The work of school principals has become increasingly more complex and demanding. To prepare principals who can meet these challenges, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) created a training guide, "Principals for Our Changing Schools: Knowledge and Skill Base" (S. Thomson, 1993). This publication reflects the belief that principals need to be taught the processes for experimenting and learning from real world data to be ready to meet the daily challenges of the work environment. This study of practicing principals yielded a content analysis of 482 responses, which guided the results and conclusions of the study. These responses reflect the need for principals to use more effectively the data already available on their campuses. The study more clearly defines the content and strategies that should be used in the training of educational leaders, both practicing and prospective principals. The study also identified the most common opportunities for data analysis encountered by principals in their day to day jobs, something that should be of significance to educational leadership programs seeking to improve the relevance of their coursework. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 23 references.) (Author/SLD)