Pilot Administrator Evaluation Tools Recommended
In addition to having to select frameworks for teacher evaluation, The Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) is also expected to conduct a pilot on Administrator Evaluation tools. The five-member Council delegated the responsibility for researching administrator evaluation tools to its 15 member Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee has issued a report with their recommendations for piloting four Administrator Evaluation tools. This recommendation will now be to taken into consideration by the MCEE before final decisions are made and tools formally selected:
- Marzano’s School Leadership Evaluation Model. For additional information about this model click this link to The Marzano Center website :
- School ADvance Administrator Evaluation System – Principal Evaluation Instrument and District Leadership Evaluation Instrument. Additional information on this framework can be found on the MASA website: http://gomasa.org/school-advance
- New Leaders for New Schools’ Principal Leadership Actions. Visit the New Leaders website for additional information: http://www.newleaders.org/newsreports/publications/evaluating-principals/principal-leadership-actions-rubric/
- Doug Reeve' Leadership Performance Matrix. Visit the Leadership and Learning Center website for more information: http://www.leadandlearn.com/resource-center/webinars/leadership-performance-matrix-august-18
In their complete report, the Advisory Committee identified a number of challenges that schools will face in evaluating administrators:
- Development of a system that reflects fidelity for administrators.
- Weighting of domains to reflect priority of components leading to administrator growth.
- Quality training of evaluators.
- Inclusion of a student growth model that aligns local and state value-added measures.
- Design of inputs to reduce potential subjectivity.
- Administrator support and understanding of components.
Many of these same concerns were echoed during the process for selecting and implementing a teacher evaluation framework. However, every model in the teacher evaluation pilot included extensive training for evaluators. This is not the case for the Administrator evaluation tools. Although evaluators may be supplied with manuals outlining how the tool is to be properly implemented and utilized, without formal training the likelihood of misapplication and/or lack of fidelity in implementation is greatly increased.
The potential negative consequences that could come from an improperly implemented system are huge. According to the Wallace Foundation website, “Our nation’s 95,000 public school principals influence 3 million teachers and 55 million students, Pre K-12, and are pivotal to ensuring that all students achieve.” The Wallace Foundation also concludes, “Leadership is second only to teaching among school influences on student success.” As such, it is crucial that building administrators have a high quality evaluation system that allows for professional growth and that those who supervise building administrators are properly trained in evaluation.
For complete details on all of the administrator evaluation tools that the Advisory Committee researched along with the parameters for their decision making please review the complete memo the Advisory Committee submitted to the MCEE.