Principal Data and Analytics

Amount: $610,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4


In order to both make informed investments and evaluate our past impact, The Fund has developed increasingly comprehensive data and information around principal quality in Chicago.  These efforts included a thorough analysis of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principal preparation and placement process, conducted by The Boston Consulting Group and additional in-depth interviews and focus groups with CPS principals.

In addition, The Fund has begun conducting a series of annual surveys of both exiting principals and sitting CPS principals, at both district-operated and charter schools. Findings from the 2014 survey were published in an initial report, titled School Leadership in Chicago: A Baseline Report. Findings from the 2015 survey were unveiled at a City Club of Chicago event in November 2015, and they were published in our 2015 School Leadership Report, titled Chicago’s Fight to Keep Top Principals. 


  • Development of a principal quality database, identifying principal tenure, school growth and other relevant data
  • More than 30 CPS principals participated in focus groups and interviews
  • Initial report on principal quality in Chicago, based on responses from over 300 principals
  • Second annual report on principal quality in Chicago, based on responses from 435 principals