How Are You Measuring Perception Data for Your Administrator Evaluations?

Colin Ripmaster's picture

Michigan's new education evaluation law requires building administrators be evaluated annually based on a combination of factors including student growth and professional practice as measured by their district's administrator evaluation tool. While these two components are well known, the law also states that a portion of an administrators evaluation also be based on perception data.

Specifically, PA 173 states that the portion of and administrator's evaluation not based on student growth and assessment data or the evaluation tool, must be based on at least the following:

  1. The administrator's proficiency in using the evaluation tool for teachers (if responsible for conducting performance evaluation of teachers);
  2. Progress toward meeting school improvement goals;
  3. Pupil attendance; and
  4. Student, parent, and teacher feedback, as available, and other information considered pertinent.

The law is mute on what percent of the evaluation needs to be based on each of these factors or how to collect, rate and/or use them in determining an administrator's effectiveness rating, but they are required to be part of the evaluation. For better or worse, this leaves the decision and the responsibility up to local districts.

How do you collect student, parent and teacher feedback?

A former teacher and administrator who now works for Panorama Education, Jake Miller, recently published a blog recounting his experience developing a staff survey when he was an assistant principal in Virginia. The post is called, "What I've Learned About Staff and Student Feedback."

What survey's do you recommend we use?

All administrators have access to free perception surveys through the MDE that can be used for both school improvement and evaluation purposes. These survey were developed by Advanced Ed and in addition to being free, they are already created and available in the Assist website for distribution to students, parents, and teachers. They also offer the advantage that all of the results are compiled in one place for your review.

You can also pay for use of surveys like Tripod that was created by Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson of Harvard University. Tripod began as a bridge from research to practice for teachers working to raise achievement levels and narrow gaps. It has evolved into one of the most trusted product of its kind, being the only student survey studied and validated by the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that was completed in 2013.

For those exploring options for actionable perception data at a minimum cost, I encourage you to consider Panorama Education. MASSP has partnered with Panorama to help administrators capture teacher, student, and parent feedback on topics such as professional learning, feedback and coaching, school climate, and parent engagement. Recognizing that budgets are tight, they provide a free download to all of their survey's for school use. In addition, schools can pay for use of the online surveys. For a comparison of features and pricing click here.

As you and your district work to implement the administrator evaluation portion of PA 173, I encourage you to reflect on your current practice for collecting feedback, and determine necessary next steps to gather feedback that not only complies with the law, but also provides you with actionable feedback.