A Superintendent's Primary Responsibility

While the successful superintendents see the managerial components of their work as critical to the success of their districts, they view their ultimate role as being leaders who are responsible for the academic success of all students in their district. They are driven by a deeper moral purpose to ensure that all students are successful, whatever it takes, but they recognize that it will require the continuous improvement of a very complex system. To move forward in decisions related to continuous improvement, such leaders utilize research and external partnerships. Furthermore, they focus their efforts on effective leadership within their buildings and have high performance expectations of every teacher and principal.