Evaluating School Principal Effectiveness Why We Need to Evaluate Principals and Use Principal Evaluation as a Tool for Professional Improvement October 4, 2011. Webinar Logistics. Everyone is muted Use the chat function to make a comment or ask a question
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Evaluating School Principal EffectivenessWhy We Need to Evaluate Principals and Use Principal Evaluation as a Tool for Professional ImprovementOctober 4, 2011
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To provide an objective, research-based overview of what an effective principal evaluation system should include.
To provide SCEE Teams a Framework for Principal Evaluation Tool.
Who is assessed
The purposes of assessment
What is assessed
What sources of evidence are used
How the assessment is conducted
How evidence is valued
Implementation, organization, and support of evaluation
Evaluation of the system’s effectiveness
How “principal” is defined
To include all school building leaders, or just principals
To include district leaders or not
To differentiate based on years of experience, time in current building assignment, and levels of responsibility
Summative—for consequential decisions
Formative—for professional growth
Organizational change—cohesive system
Evaluation systems differ based on which purposes are incorporated and to what degree.
School, community, district and state context
District priorities for practice (e.g. teacher evaluation practices)
Span of authority and control in whether leaders can perform the practices
Indirect influence on student achievement through influence on:
Student achievement progress
Progress on other student outcomes, such as graduation rates and reduced dropout rates
Progress on other broader school effectiveness goals, such as improved learning for ELLs and special education students
Improved safety and security
Parent and community expectations
Other district and state policies
Perceptions of actions and behaviors
Perceptions of working conditions, school climate
Student performance data
Subordinate staff (teachers, other professionals, support staff)
Peers (other principals)
Supervisors (central office and superintendent)
See: Principal Score Card (Milanowski, 2009)
Start with purpose
Build in an evaluation of the system from the start
Involve critical stakeholders to engage, educate and create buy-in
Keep it simple, easy to use, and easy to understand
Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland Division of Certification and Accreditation
Prince Georges County: Aligned with the Danielson model – All principals & 100 teachers in 38 schools. Data systems and measures are progressing.
Queen Anne’s County: 7 principals & 126 teachers are exploring cost effective methods for aligning data, validating student growth measures and delivering PD.
National Teacher of the Year 2010
English Teacher, Johnston High School,
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Which elements of the Framework for Principal Evaluation generated the most discussion with your team?
In Maryland, framework elements most discussed: The difference between how to measure highly effective and effective.
2. If you have a Principal Evaluation Model in place, who are you evaluating (“Who is assessed”)?
In Maryland, principals are included in the evaluation/assessment – We are discussing whether the same model could be used for all levels of administrators, e.g., assistant principals and supervisors.
3. Which elements of the Framework for Principal Evaluation should be the highest priority for SCEE to attend to with future technical assistance (TA)?
In MD, we would like TA to address validity, reliability, and how to use student growth data.
Please complete the webinar evaluation that you will receive by email.
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