Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
The state should require annual evaluations with frequent observations of all principals.
Evaluation Frequency: Ohio requires annual evaluations for all principals. In the year a principal's contract is due to expire, there will be at least a preliminary evaluation and a final evaluation.
Observation/Site Visit Requirements: Ohio requires two 30-minute observations, plus additional walkthroughs.
Evaluator Training: Ohio requires that principal evaluations be "conducted by superintendents or designees who have been trained and are credentialed to evaluate principals."
Ohio Revised Code 3319.02, -112, -16 Principal Evaluations http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Evaluation-System/Ohio-Principal-Evaluation-System-OPES Standards: Teaching/Educator-Evaluation-System/Ohio-Principal-Evaluation-System-OPES/Principal-Performance-Ratings/Standards_Principals_sept07.pdf.aspx
As a result of Ohio's strong principal evaluation and observation policies, no recommendations are provided.
Ohio 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.