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Planning for the New Superintendent Evaluation Process

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, Feb. 24, 2016

Next school year, new requirements will go into effect for superintendent evaluation. But it’s not too early to start planning for this now. To help your board prepare, let’s break down the basics of three key areas you need to look at—tool selection, training and communicating with the public.

Tool Selection

While the legislation included a few approved programs, your board can choose any tool it prefers (as long as it meets the requirements in Section 1249 of the Revised School Code), including one it has used in the past, creates itself or is a modification of any of the available options. Be mindful of your selection though as you will need to be trained on it by an expert (see below).

If you’re looking for a starting point, MASB has created one that can be downloaded for free and customized as needed. It may be used alone or in conjunction with a facilitated evaluation.

Regardless of what you choose, your tool must be selected by the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Training

Once your board has made its selection, the Revised School Code requires that all evaluators receive training on the chosen system. Even if you utilize the same tool you have used in the past, a new training must occur and be provided by an authorized expert in the chosen tool.

Whenever you have turnover on you board (including appointments), processes must be in place to ensure that new board members are trained as soon as possible. Additionally, your superintendent must be trained regarding the measures used in the evaluation system and how each measure will be used.

While the process is still being established by the Michigan Department of Education, training costs are reimbursable through the Educator Evaluation Reserve Fund and will be dispersed through each intermediate school district. MASB will begin to offer training on its tool this spring; you can schedule yours now by contacting Debbie Stair.

Communicating With the Public

Lastly, districts must post comprehensive information on their websites in regards to the evaluation tool being used, including:

  • The research base for the evaluation system
  • The identity and qualifications of the author or authors
  • Either evidence of reliability, validity and efficacy or a plan for developing that evidence
  • The evaluation frameworks and rubrics with detailed descriptors for each performance level on key summative indicators
  • A description of the processes for collecting evidence, conducting evaluation conferences, developing performance ratings and developing performance improvement plans
  • A description of the plan for providing evaluators with training

MASB will have this information available for its tool by May 30, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact the following MASB staff:

Training

Debbie Stair

dstair@masb.org or 517.327.5904

Legal Questions

Joel Gerring

jgerring@masb.org or 517.327.5922

Overall Questions/Facilitated Evaluation

Donna Oser

doser@masb.org or 517.327.5923

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