Principals won’t be judged “effective” or “highly effective” based on students’ progress, reports Justin Baeder in On Performance.
In September, the Department of Education proposed using growth in test scores — at least one grade level in an academic year — to determine which districts and schools are eligible for federal education grants. The National Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals protested, saying principals shouldn’t be held “accountable for outcomes far behind their control.”
“Nonetheless, it’s likely that many principals will find student growth factored into their evaluations thanks to changes to state laws” designed to qualify for Race to the Top funding, Baeder writes.
If teachers can be judged, in part, on their students’ progress, why not principals?