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ERIC Number: ED532527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-31
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Principals to Evaluate Teachers. Issue Brief
NGA Center for Best Practices
During the past few years, more than 30 states have enacted legislation to change the way teachers are evaluated. The new laws require the annual evaluation of teachers; typically, multiple evaluations during the school year are required for new teachers. They also require the use of multiple measures to determine a teacher's effectiveness and tie high-stakes decisions to the outcomes of teacher evaluations. Decisions related to tenure, compensation, and employment are among these high-stakes decisions. With such decisions tied to evaluation results, it is important that governors lead efforts to make changes to state policy to ensure that school principals and other educators responsible for conducting evaluations are trained and certified to conduct them. Governors can use the state's program approval authority to drive changes in principal preparation to improve principals' readiness to conduct teacher evaluations. Moreover, governors can call for the tracking of data on professional development to determine what type of professional development--and which providers--are most able to improve student outcomes; such information is necessary to improve the quality of professional development. The information can also be used to make data-driven decisions about resourcing professional development. Finally, governors may want to consider adopting reasonable and responsible timelines for implementing the evaluation policies to ensure principals have the time they need to adequately train, become certified, and practice conducting evaluations before evaluation results are used to make high-stakes decisions. (Contains 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices