Principal evaluation consists of two primary components:
Principal Practice: Based upon at least two observations using a state- approved, research-based principal practice instrument (non-tenured principals receive 3 observations). Evidence of practice may be gathered through:
Local discretion can be used to assign a weight for the evaluation leadership instrument as a component of the practice score for school leaders. The following are links to the instruments: Principal Evaluation Leadership Instrument and Assistant and Vice Principal Evaluation Leadership Instrument
Principal evaluation scores are the combination of principal practice ratings, and student achievement measures. These weights vary depending on whether SGP grades/subjects exist in the principal's school. For more information on principal scoring, please visit the Evaluation Scoring page.
The efforts of teachers and principals in driving student achievement are closely connected. For principals, this means establishing an optimal learning environment where teachers are able to do their best work and grow professionally. How well a principal establishes this environment can be assessed using a principal practice instrument, and the Evaluation Leadership Instrument. The Evaluation Leadership Instrument is used by the principal's supervisor to evaluate how the principal establishes collaborative structures and provides teachers training, feedback, coaching, and professional learning opportunities in implementing AchieveNJ. In addition, the principal must demonstrate that she and her staff are conducting high quality observations that fairly and accurately reflect teaching performance and that teachers are using high quality measures of student achievement in the form of SGOs. In response to feedback from educators, the Department has made the use of the Evaluation Leadership Instrument optional beginning in 2016-17. Those districts who continue to find this a useful additional measure of principal performance may include it in their evaluation of principal practice at their discretion.
AchieveNJ can support educators' ongoing professional learning and growth in multiple ways, through both the learning that has to occur to implement the system and the learning that is informed by evaluation results.
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