ERIC Number: ED207138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
There's More to the Evaluation of a Superintendent than Meets the Eye.
Jones, Judy A.; And Others
Based on experiences of the Toledo (Ohio) Board of Education, this paper presents considerations and recommendations for those developing a superintendent evaluation process, including questions that initially must be answered about why and how evaluation will be performed. She recommends that for the evaluation process to be effective, the relationship between the board and superintendent and their respective roles be carefully outlined. She also emphasizes the importance of a job description and statements of system policies and goals. The influence of law and politics in the form of "sunshine laws" and legislative mandates requiring evaluation are discussed. The paper then outlines several methods for evaluating superintendents, delineating what is to be appraised, and explaining three types of evaluation: checklists or rating scales, written narratives, and written objectives. The paper then offers a discussion of the evaluation system favored by the author for development in Toledo, a very structured process featuring performance indicators, rating scales, and written documentation. In this plan, a new superintendent would be evaluated after eight months. The author concludes that a good evaluation process will improve communication and accountability. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio (Toledo)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (41st, Dallas, TX, April 11-14, 1981).