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Principal Evaluation

Principal/AP Annual Evaluation Workflow

“More than two decades of research findings are unequivocal about the connection between teacher quality and student learning”

-Center for Public Education

The Educator Effectiveness System is an evaluation system that balances a principal/AP’s professional practice, the Professional Practice Goal with evidence of student outcomes, and the School Learning Objective. The Educator Effectiveness System is designed to support continuous improvement of principal/AP leadership practice leading to improved student learning. The evaluation cycle occurs over a 2-year period consisting of one Summary Year and one Supporting Year.

Through ongoing feedback and support, the evaluation system provides principals/APs with meaningful information about how their leadership practices impact student learning and helps inform professional development planning at both the school and district level. Below you will find the evaluation system annual workflow. The workflow is divided into four parts; the Educator Effectiveness Plan, a Mid-Interval Review of progress, observation of practice, and a Final Evaluation Conference. Summary Year staff will engage in the workflow with their evaluator while Supporting Year staff will collaborate with peers.

The resource below outlines the steps in the evaluation workflow for both principals/APs and evaluators, along with tools to support each step.

Please note that actions requiring documentation within the Frontline/MLP System are indicated with the following symbol: 

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Respectfully, The Educator Effectiveness Team


Preparing the Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP)

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What is an Educator Effectiveness Plan?

Annually, MMSD Principals/APs will engage in the process of analyzing school achievement data, and develop one student achievement goal over the academic year. This is the School Learning Objective (SLO). The SLO process includes identifying and monitoring a goal, then analyzing the degree to which the goal was met using the Wisconsin SLO Scoring Rubric at the end of the year. In addition to the School Learning Objective, the Principal/AP identifies a Professional Practice Goal (PPG) aligned to the Wisconsin Leadership Framework.

Why create an Educator Effectiveness Plan?

Research shows that intentional goal setting around student learning is a critical adult action for improving student learning outcomes. The collaborative dialog within the SLO process provides Principals/APs an opportunity to reflect on student progress, and determine if the school improvement strategy is effective, making adjustments when necessary to reach the highest levels of learning possible.

How do I develop an Educator Effectiveness Plan?

Principal Action Evaluator Action Tool(s) & Resources
Develop School Learning Objective using SIP Goals 
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Schedule Beginning of Year Planning Conference
Develop Professional Practice Goal (PPG) 
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Complete the Principal Self-Review
(Summary Year Principals) 
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Review Student Learning Objective, Professional Practice Goal, Teacher Self Review  
Attend Beginning of Year Planning Conference Facilitate Beginning of Year Planning Conference with Summary Year Principal

Determine sources for data collection (Deep Dives, School Visits and jointly planned observations)
 

Preparing for School Visits

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What type of observations will occur and what is the frequency?

During the summary year, a minimum of two Sampling Visits and one School Visit will be conducted by the evaluator. These visits may occur during Deep Dives, regular school visits from the Chief of Schools, planned school events such as team/staff meetings, or during professional development days.

Why School Visits?

Observations and ongoing actionable feedback are critical elements for improving leadership practices. Through collaborative conversations focused on feedback and reflection, principals/APs can identify what is working well and make adjustments where necessary for ongoing professional growth resulting in improved student outcomes.

How do I prepare for school visits?

Principal Action Evaluator Action Tool(s) & Resources
Announced Observation
  Schedule observation including pre & post conference
Complete Pre Observation Form
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Participate in Pre Observation Conference
Facilitate Pre Observation Conference
  Conduct school observation
Collect and tag evidence
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Complete Post Observation Form
Participate in Post Observation Conference 
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Facilitate Post Observation Conference
Mini Observation (Unannounced)
  Conduct Mini Observation
Collect and tag evidence and provide feedback 
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Preparing the Mid Interval Review

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What is the Mid Interval Review?

Through the months of January and February, the Principal/AP and evaluator will meet for a formative review of the Principal/AP’s progress toward meeting the School Learning Objective and Professional Practice Goal. During the mid interval conference, student and other relevant data is reviewed to determine if the students are on track to meet the SLO goal. If the goal is on track, the educator continues with the selected strategy. If the goal is off track the Principal/AP will discuss necessary adjustments that will support meeting the goal.

Why engage in a Mid Interval Review?

Research shows that Intentional goal setting around student learning is a critical adult action for improving student learning outcomes. The collaborative dialog within the SLO process provides Principals/APs an opportunity to reflect on school progress and determine if the chosen leadership strategy is effective, making adjustments when necessary.

How do I prepare for the Mid Interval Review?

In preparation for their Mid-Interval Conference with their evaluator, Principals/APs prepare a summary of evidence for their SLOs and reflect on progress relative to the Professional Practice Goal within the MLP System.

Principal/AP Action Evaluator Action Tool(s) & Resources
Organize and analyze formative and summative assessment data as identified in your School Learning Objective 
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Determine if students are on-track to meet the goal
 
Schedule Mid Interval Review Conference with Summary Year Principal/AP
Reflect on the Progress of your Professional Practice Goal 
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Attend the Mid Interval Review Conference for Summary Year Teacher/Team Facilitate Mid Interval Conference with Summary Teacher/Team Making Adjustments if Necessary to the SLO & PPG
Continue Collection of Artifacts & Evidence 
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Preparing for Final Evaluation Conference

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What is the Final Evaluation Conference?

During the Final Evaluation Conference, the Principal/AP and evaluator meet to discuss achievement of the School Learning Objective, and evidence of Professional Practice. Both School Learning Objective and Practice scores are reviewed and finalized based on evidence aligned to the Wisconsin Leadership Framework. The conference culminates with the evaluator feedback based on artifacts and observation evidence in preparation for the subsequent year.

Why engage in a Final Evaluation Conference?

The Final Evaluation Conference is an opportunity for the Principal/AP to reflect on attainment of goals and the leadership practices used over the course of the year. Results will inform goals for the subsequent year.

How do I prepare for the Final Evaluation Conference?

Principal/AP Action Evaluator Action Tool(s) & Resources
Complete uploading artifacts and tag evidence for Professional Practice (WI Leadership Framework) and School Learning Objective 
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Complete artifact collection and tag evidence using deep dives, scheduled school visits and other relevant observations. 
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  Schedule End-of-Cycle Summary Conferences - By June 5th  
Self- Score School Learning Objective including rationale for your score and finish end-of-year forms in MLP 
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  • PPG End-of-year form
  • SLO End-of-interval form
Score all components of principal or assistant principal practice using evidence aligned with the Wisconsin Leadership Framework - the N/A designation may only be used for AP evaluations for components that do not apply

Score School Learning Objective using SLO Scoring Rubric 
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NOTE: Do not submit scores until after the End-of-Year Summary Conference
Participate in Final Evaluation Conference Facilitate Final Evaluation Conference and complete End of Cycle Summary Form in MLP 
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Submit final scores in MLP-by June 20th 
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Self-score SLO & practice in MLP 
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  • PPG End-of-year form
  • SLO End-of-interval form
Score SLO & practice in MLP

Note:Do not submit scores until after the End-of-Year Summary Conference 
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Participate in Final Evaluation Conference offering evidence to support understanding of practice
  • Facilitate Final Evaluation Conference & professional dialog based on evidence
  • Complete End of Cycle Summary Form 
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  • Submit Scores in MLP 
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