2019 Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
The state should meaningfully assess principal performance.
Objective Student Growth Measures: Oregon requires that all principals set two goals annually that measure student learning and growth.
Link to Teacher Effectiveness/Instructional Leadership: Oregon requires that all principals are evaluated based on leadership standards, which include "instructional improvement," and require the ability to:
Framework (revised 2018-2019): https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/educator_effectiveness/Documents/oregon-framework--for-eval-and-support-systems.pdf
Ensure that principals receiving less-than-effective ratings are placed on a professional improvement plan.
Oregon 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.
Oregon was helpful in providing the facts necessary for this analysis.
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.