Rethinking Principal Evaluation: A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice

AASSP Members:
Across the country many states, Alaska included, are redefining teacher and principal evaluation practices, often linking evaluation to student performance even when it distorts reality. Many proposed changes are often void of the important voices and perspectives of practicing principals. Further, research to date is very limited and varies widely, revealing many evaluation instruments are not linked to any clear standards, are technically unsound and ultimately not useful for improving principal performance. How principal evaluations are conducted may be as or more important than what principals are evaluated on.

Rethinking Principal Evaluation: A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice is a new report just released today at a joint NAESP/NASSP briefing on Capitol Hill by the NAESP/NASSP Principal Evaluation Committee working in partnership with Matt Clifford, senior scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and Steven Ross, professor of education at the Center for Research and Reform at Johns Hopkins University.

Below is a link to an executive summary and the full report.

This report shares key insights and brings the voice of principals squarely into the dialogue on what principal evaluation systems need to look like. NAESP and NASSP recommend states and districts consider the elements presented in this first of a kind document when adapting or building principal evaluation systems.