Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
The state should require annual evaluations with frequent observations of all principals. This goal remained consistent between 2017 and 2019.
Evaluation frequency: Florida requires annual evaluations for all principals.
Observation/site visit requirements: Florida does not require observations/site visits for principals.
Evaluator training: Florida requires districts to confirm "evaluators' understanding of the proper use of evaluation criteria and procedures, including evaluator accuracy and inter-rater reliability." However, it does not require a further certification process.
Florida Statute 1012.34 Florida Administrative Rule 6A-5.030
Require multiple observations/site visits for all principals.
To ensure that annual evaluations are based on adequate information, Florida should require multiple observations/site visits for all principals.
Require all principal evaluators to be both trained and certified.
All principal evaluators in Florida should be trained and certified to conduct principal evaluations on systems that include objective measures. Ensuring that all evaluators are appropriately trained and certified in conducting principal evaluations will help ensure that all evaluators are able to provide principals with fair and valid evaluations.
Florida recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. However, the analysis was updated subsequent to the state's review.
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.