Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
The state should require annual evaluations with frequent observations of all principals. This goal was new in 2017.
Evaluation frequency: Delaware requires annual evaluations for all principals.
Observation/site visit requirements: Delaware does not require a minimum number of direct observations/site visits; "evidence collection should include regular observation of principal practice."
Evaluator training: Delaware requires principal evaluators to complete DPAS II foundational training and pass a credentialing assessment.
DPAS-II Guide for Administrators (Principals): http://www.doe.k12.de.us/cms/lib09/DE01922744/Centricity/Domain/377/DPAS%20II%20for%20Administrators%20Guide%20for%20Principals_FINAL_Revised_KB_11.10.16.pdf
Require multiple observations/site visits for all principals.
To ensure that annual evaluations are based on adequate information, Delaware should require multiple observations/site visits for all principals.
Delaware recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
7H: Principal Evaluation and Observation
Research demonstrates that there is a clear link between school leadership and school outcomes. Principals foster school improvement by shaping school goals, policies and practices, and social and organizational structures. Principals vary significantly in their effectiveness, and research suggests that high-quality principals positively affect student achievement, in-school discipline, parents' perceptions of schools, and school climates. Further, principals affect teacher retention and recruitment; effective principals are more adept at retaining effective teachers and removing ineffective teachers. The time principals spend on organizational management, instructional programming, and teacher evaluation is critically important for positive effects on teachers and students. Because principals are an essential component of creating successful schools, their effectiveness should be regularly evaluated by trained evaluators on systems that include objective measures. Such systems will help to ensure that all principals receive the feedback and support necessary to improve their practice and, ultimately, student and school outcomes.