ERIC Number: ED306672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Principals: Strategies To Assess and Enhance Their Performance.
Anderson, Mark E.
OSSC Bulletin, v32 n8 Apr 1989
Now that educational reform has targeted principal performance as a key to school excellence, methods and procedures for evaluating these administrators have become an increasing concern. Current studies suggest that evaluation practices used in many districts are ill-suited to improving principals' performance and professional competence. Many principals corroborate these findings. This bulletin focuses on the principal evaluation process. Chapter 1, a summary of research and knowledge, reviews current practices for evaluating principals and describes three important phases (planning for evaluation, collecting information, and using information) that school officials must plan and implement to develop a sound evaluation system. Besides being carefully planned, an evaluation system should specify commitment to professional development and accountability, clear expectations and performance criteria, data collection from a variety of sources, and ongoing communication between evaluators and principals. Chapter 2 describes strategies to provide principals with specific and confidential feedback from superiors, peers, and teachers. The next two chapters describe principal evaluation systems developed in two Oregon school districts--the Tigard School District and the North Clackamas Schools. The final chapter offers several recommendations for districts desiring to improve their principal evaluation methods. Included are a list of 28 references and 10 interviews. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Feedback, Job Performance, Management Development, Principals
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.