principal evaluation

In 2012, OSPI contracted with the Washington State Leadership Academy (WSLA) to create a statewide corps of Leadership Criteria and Framework Feedback Specialists (LCFFSs) who will support the state's evaluators of principals and assistant principals as they use the AWSP Framework and Rubrics to implement a new Principal Evaluation System. OSPI has relied heavily on the input and guidance of the framework authors as we develop this corps, and will rely on the authors and WSLA to ensure the integrity of the training and trainers of the AWSP Framework and Rubrics.

Beginning with the 65 districts awarded Regional Implementation Grants in 2011-12, WSLA Principal Evaluator Instructors and LCFFSs will train approximately 350 evaluators of principals and assistant principals in three (3) separate workshops during 2012-13. The workshops will be scheduled in August, 2012; October, 2012; and late February/early March, 2013.

Training for Leadership CFFSs and evaluators of principals and assistant principals has been developed at the direction of the AWSP Framework and Rubrics authors’ designees (WSLA). Training for Leadership CFFSs will occur four (4) times spread throughout the 2012-13 school year in June, 2012; September, 2012; January, 2013; and April, 2013.

Additionally, Leadership CFFSs will continue to be coached by the framework authors' designees (WSLA) during the course of the 2012-13 year. The progression of learning will be determined in collaboration with WSLA, AWSP and WASA with input from TPEP pilot sites, ESD RIG sites and the TPEP steering committee. It is also anticipated that each Leadership Criteria & Framework Feedback Specialists will meet a specified number of times, on site in assigned districts with the administrators evaluating principals or assistant principals.

Each Leadership Criteria & Framework Feedback Specialist will concentrate on the state criteria for evaluating principals; The AWSP Framework and Rubrics; and the goal setting, feedback and reflection strategies that maximize continuous professional growth for principals and assistant principals.

Leadership CFFSs are not responsible for knowing or interpreting employment law and to that end, will not be expected to provide technical assistance to the districts on issues pertaining to employment law that may arise while districts are implementing the new evaluation system.

At the end of LCFFS training in June, Leadership CFFSs will be qualified to assist WSLA Principal Evaluation Instructors provide Washington State RIG districts with a one-day, AWSP Framework and Rubrics overview in August to launch implementation work in the districts.

Leadership CFFSs will not be completely trained in all nuances of the AWSP Framework and Rubrics at the end of the June workshops. As the 2012-13 year progresses, LCFFSs will have deeper training on using the AWSP Framework and Rubrics to effectively evaluate principals and assistant principals on the Washington State Principal Evaluation System for the purpose of helping principals and assistant principals grow professionally.

2013 Update

In late 2012, WSLA was further contracted by OSPI to provide training for RIG II districts. Reduced funding dictated a plan for condensed workshop time (just one day) and LCFFS time in district, with the possibility of a second follow-up workshop, pending additional funding. WSLA also has been contracted privately by some districts for individual district training.