The Central Office Leaders Survey

Note: The Central Office Leaders Survey is now closed to new participants.

The Central Office Leaders Survey was designed as part of the Leading for Effective Teaching project to better understand the extent to which school system central offices support principals in their work as instructional leaders. Open to central office leaders from February 2016 through November 2016, the survey collected responses from 514 participants from 35 school systems. The Leading for Effective Teaching project was a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership. 

The Central Office Leaders Survey was a short online survey that asked questions about the current state of central office practice in five key areas of work that impact principals:

  • Central office working relationship with principals
  • Inter-departmental planning and coordination
  • Communications and technology
  • Training and professional development
  • Performance improvement

Districts that participated in the survey received access to a full set of charts comparing responses from their central office leaders and managers to the nationwide pool of all respondents.

What we have learned so far

Curious to see what types of questions are in the survey? Below is a sample of a few survey questions and responses.