Evaluation of the School Administration Manager Project

Evaluation of the School Administration Manager Project

The Wallace Foundation has issued an analysis of its School Administration Manager (SAM) project, which works to help principals delegate some of their administrative and managerial tasks so they can spend more time interacting with teachers, students, and others on instructional matters. Conducted by Policy Studies Associates, the Evaluation of the School Administration Manager Project (150 pages, PDF) found that the project's approach, which was implemented in thirty-seven districts in nine states, can increase the amount of time principals devote to instruction each week. Indeed, principals who delegated five time-consuming responsibilities to SAMs significantly increased their time spent on instruction. Only rarely, however, did principals select a set of high-level leadership activities that would serve specific purposes in instructional improvement.