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April 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 7
Susan M. Gates, Laura S. Hamilton, Gail Connelly and JoAnn Bartoletti
RAND, NASSP, and NAESP weigh in on principal evaluation.
Susan M. Gates and Laura S. Hamilton
Two recent RAND reports look at challenges and opportunities inherent in principal evaluation systems. The reports suggest that evaluation systems can improve teaching and learning when
The research also suggests that district leaders can make the most effective use of information from principal evaluation systems by
Addressing Challenges in Evaluating School Principal Improvement Efforts (2012) is available at www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/occasional_papers/2012/RAND_OP392.pdf. Improving School Leadership Through Support, Evaluation, and Incentives: The Pittsburgh Principal Incentive Program (2012) is available at www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG1223.html.
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Susan M. Gates is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, and Laura S. Hamilton is senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Gail Connelly and JoAnn Bartoletti
Developed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Rethinking Principal Evaluation: A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice (2012) identifies six domains of school leadership that should be incorporated into principal evaluation systems:
The framework for evaluation also includes four focus areas that offer a road map for federal, state, and local policymakers as they rethink approaches for more effective principal evaluation. First, any evaluation system should consider context; goals and measures should acknowledge the unique character and challenges of the students and the community the principal works with. Second, it should incorporate accepted standards that can improve practice. Third, it should use evaluation to build capacity; those early in their careers should have induction feedback, whereas advanced certification coupled with professional growth plans should be part of a more experienced principal's evaluation activities. Finally, evaluation should focus on multiple measures of performance data.
Although the report provides a road map for evaluating principals, it doesn't contain specific measurement tools. The two organizations plan to produce those tools and share them widely.
The report is available at www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/PrincipalEvaluationReport.pdf.
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Gail Connelly is executive director, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, Virginia, and JoAnn Bartoletti is executive director, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, Virginia.
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