The Role of Principals in Teacher Evaluations

Courtesy of the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership.

Several pieces of legislation this past session defined how new teacher evaluation systems, based on student performance tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards are implemented in Maryland. Ultimately, the General Assembly passed a bill to delay the integration of new state test scores into teacher evaluations until the 2016-2017 school year.

As reported by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a recent survey may indicate that new teacher evaluation systems place extra burdens on school principals. As described,

We reviewed studies from a number of states that collected data on the pilot implementation of new teacher-evaluation systems to see how principals responded to their increased responsibilities. Specifically, we reviewed implementation studies from Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Chicago, as well as a report that surveyed districts in Maryland, New York, and North Carolina. These districts received federal grants through the Race to the Top initiative. Our review confirmed that principals are struggling with their new responsibilities.

For more information, see the full story from CAP. For more information on teacher evaluations in Maryland, see our previous posts, Principals, School Boards, Educators, and State to Partner on Teacher Evaluations, Senate Votes to Delay New Teacher Evaluations, Legislators Consider When to Use Student Assessments in Teacher Evaluations, and Superintendent Lowery Supports Delay in Teacher Evaluation Changes, Bill Delaying Use of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Passes.

Delegate John Bohanan, Chair of the Maryland House Appropriations Education & Economic Development Subcommittee, will lead a panel discussion of the  Common Core State Standards at this summer’s MACo Conference in Ocean City.  Learn more about MACo’s 2014 Summer Conference:

Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.