Principal Evaluation System
Arkansas Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)
Pursuant to A.C.A. § 6-17-2802 (TESS) provides direction for evaluation at all levels of instructional leadership. As per law, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will provide technical assistance to school districts for developing and implementing evaluation frameworks for administrators. Administrator evaluation will parallel teacher evaluation in regards to ensuring valid and reliable measures for performance ratings and the weight of student performance and growth in these determinations.
Work on administrator evaluation began in 2009 when legislation was passed to create a system of leadership development. Act 222 of 2009 Regular Session created the School Leadership Coordinating Council. The purpose of the Council is to serve as a central body to coordinate the leadership development system efforts across the state.
One task of the Council was to recommend an evaluation system for principals. During the 2010-2011 school year, the Council worked with Dr. Connie Kamm, senior consultant with The Leadership and Learning Center. Based on the ISLLC standards, and other leadership systems, the group created a framework for a principal evaluation system. The framework included a 4-tier performance rating, rubrics and descriptors for each of the six standards. Professional growth plans and other resources were also created for the system.
The ADE sponsored a two-year pilot for the principal evaluation system with ten school districts during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. Dr. Kamm conducted the training for the principals and superintendents of the pilot districts.
ADE supported legislation in the 2013 legislative session to implement the principal evaluation system.
In the 2013-2014 school year, all districts will pilot the principal evaluation system. All superintendents, assistant superintendents, and principals participated in a two-day training for the principal evaluation system during the summer of 2013. Assistant principals will receive training in September and October of 2013.
During the 2013-2014 school year, a committee will meet periodically to determine appropriate growth measures for the principal evaluation system. School measures are being reviewed. Rules are currently being drafted for the principal evaluation system. Districts must fully implement the new system in the 2014-2015 school year.
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