The data and analysis on this page is from 2019. View and download the most recent policy data and analysis on Principal Effectiveness in Mississippi from the State of the States 2022: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policies report.
The state should meaningfully assess principal performance. This goal remained consistent between 2017 and 2019.
Objective Student Growth Measures: Mississippi does not require student growth to play a role in principal evaluations.
Link to Teacher Effectiveness/Instructional Leadership: Mississippi requires that a principal's professional practice is based on administrator standards that include providing "actionable feedback" and implementing "learning structures." To receive the highest rating, a principal:
Rule 14.19 https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/documents/MBE/State%20Board%20Policy/Chapter%2014/Rule%2014.19.pdf Administrator Growth Rubric: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OA/OTL/Teacher%20Center/administrator-growth-rubric_20171114.pdf
Require objective measures of student growth to play a role in principal evaluation ratings.
There is a clear link between school leadership and school outcomes. Therefore, Mississippi should require principal evaluations to include objective measures of student growth. This will allow districts to more accurately identify effective principals, who are more adept at attracting and retaining effective teachers.
Ensure that principals receiving less-than-effective ratings are placed on a professional improvement plan.
Mississippi should adopt a policy requiring principals who receive even one less-than-effective evaluation rating to be placed on structured improvement plans. These plans should identify noted deficiencies, define specific action steps necessary to address these deficiencies, and describe how and when progress will be measured.
Mississippi recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
NCTQ looks forward to reviewing the state's progress in future editions of the Yearbook.
7G: Principal Effectiveness
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.