Rethinking principal evaluation
Original article in Education Week by Gail Connelly and JoAnn Bartoletti
A joint committee of active principals from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, along with leading researchers in the field of principal leadership and professional development, met for a year to assess current research and to develop a new paradigm for evaluation systems. The result of their efforts is "Rethinking Principal Evaluation," a framework for policymakers and those developing principal evaluations at the state and district levels that we feel is fair, flexible, and—most important—formative.
The framework identifies six key domains of principal leadership that should be incorporated into principal-evaluation systems: professional growth and learning; student growth and achievement; school planning and progress; school culture; stakeholder support and engagement; and professional qualities and practices.
Building principal capacity in each of these domains—not reliance on a single policy lever—holds the key to genuine school improvement.
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