The foundation plans to select the universities by fall 2016.
The initiative comes on the heels of research commissioned by the foundation showing that most superintendents are not satisfied with the quality of principal preparation programs. And in many cases, university programs agree that their graduates are not well-prepared, according to the research.
“Many university programs are looking for ways to raise the bar, and the time is ripe for states to consider broad reform of these programs,” said Will Miller, president of the Wallace Foundation. “We hope this initiative will provide evidence about how to strengthen these programs, as a first step toward eventually creating a new, national evidence-based norm for how principals are prepared.”