Last month, The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) released a Policy to Practice Brief on state policy trends related to Principal Evaluation , "State Policies on Principal Evaluation: Trends in a Changing Landscape." This report can be accessed from the Recent Reports module on the SCEE site main page.
The brief developed out of the growing focus, over the past 20 years, on the need to increase principal accountability because the principal is the second most influential in-school factor related to student success. Reformers expect that improving a principal's role will be a benefit to teachers and students. Although much focus remains on teacher evaluation and accountability, the brief serves as a reminder of the principal's importance, especially due to the direct role they play in recruiting, retaining, and cultivating high-performing teachers, as well as building community support for their schools.
The TQ Center analyzed data in their State-level state principal evaluation policy database to produce this brief. They focused on data from Race to the Top (RTTT) rounds 1-3 winners (with the exception of Hawaii, who has yet to begin developing a principal evaluation system). In addition, they used data from the national policy review, which showed that out of the 34 of 35 states that passed legislation requiring principal evaluation systems, after RTTT was introduced in 2009. The evaluation measures in these systems varied. For example, five states took into account professional growth; five other states included student growth; and just two other states included both criteria.
In addition to finding the report on the SCEE site, the report can be found here: http://www.tqsource.org/publications/StatePoliciesOnPrincipalEval.pdf