Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
The data and analysis on this page is from 2019. View and download the most recent policy data and analysis on Principal Evaluation and Observation in Hawaii from the State of the States 2022: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policies report.
The state should require annual evaluations with frequent observations of all principals. This goal remained consistent between 2017 and 2019.
Evaluation Frequency: Hawaii requires annual summative evaluations for probationary and tenured transferring principals. Annual interim evaluations with a five-year summative evaluation are required for tenured principals. The annual interim evaluation provides opportunity for professional dialogue on at least one area in each of the six domains; this evaluation is also used to assess a school's progress in school improvement and student educational growth outcomes and to identify necessary supports.
Observation/Site Visit Requirements: Hawaii requires that both types of principal evaluations include walkthroughs, observations/site visits, meetings, and/or informal meetings followed by an exit conference with the principal. However, Hawaii does not ensure that multiple observations/site visits are conducted for all principals.
Evaluator Training: Hawaii does not include any training requirements in state policy.
Board of Education Policy 202-4 2016-17 CESSA (Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administrators) Handbook: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Educator%20Effectivness/CESSAmanual.pdf
Require annual formal evaluations for all principals.
All principals in Hawaii should be evaluated annually. Rather than treated as mere formalities, these principal evaluations should serve as important tools for rewarding good principals, helping average principals improve, and holding weak principals accountable for poor performance.
Require multiple observations/site visits for all principals.
To ensure that annual evaluations are based on adequate information, Hawaii should require multiple observations/site visits for all principals.
Require all principal evaluators to be both trained and certified.
All principal evaluators in Hawaii 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.
Hawaii did not respond to NCTQ's request to review this analysis for accuracy.
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.