Career mobility and departure intentions among school principals in the United States: Incentives and disincentives

Abebayehu Aemero Tekleselassie, Pedro Villarreal III

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Despite concerns about turnover among administrators, conditions that influence career longevity intentions of school principals are less known. To address this gap in the literature, we conducted a three-level Generalized Multilevel Model to estimate variations in school and district characteristics impacting principals' career departure and mobility intentions, based on data from the School and Staffing Survey. Our findings indicate that job satisfaction, salary, autonomy, and individual characteristics impact intent to leave or move. Further, intentions to leave and move are not influenced by the same set of antecedents, suggesting that a different set of policy levers is needed to increase retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-293
Number of pages43
JournalLeadership and Policy in Schools
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management

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