School and district leaders play a crucial role in setting students on a pathway to success. They are responsible for setting the goals and expectations around which their communities organize their work, recruiting and retaining highly effective teachers, providing meaningful feedback to teachers on their instruction, and building internal pipelines of future instructional leaders. Over the last few years, the responsibilities of school and district leaders have increased significantly as Tennessee has taken steps to transform its public education system. Tennessee has committed to a bold reform agenda to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and the workforce.  As a result of this work, in 2012, Tennessee’s students made the most academic progress in state history.