It is, on the whole, a better considered evaluation tool than they have used before. It has some elements that I really like. It is also missing a few things that I would like to see it include.
I encourage you to read it for yourself and reach your own opinion. Then send that opinion to the Board within the next two days because that's when they will be voting on it. So be quick about it.
The Board used to have a policy that called for them to introduce motions at one meeting and vote on them at a subsequent meeting. This practice allowed time for the public to make comment on motions before the Board. I thought it was a good policy. The current board, however, must not have liked it. They must have thought it was a bad idea. They repealed it.
Of course, it is possible that they repealed it without knowing that they had repealed it. But that would suggest that they are not being careful as they revise their policies. To carelessly revise and repeal policies would be one of the most irresponsible things a board could do and I don't think I could presume that of our district leadership.
Anyway, the Board has brought this motion for introduction and action at the same meeting. This affords the public a scant two days to make comment on it. So do be quick if you have anything to say.
Here's what I like:
The Board has identified some specific outcomes to the Superintendent's Four Pillars of Success. It can't be just vague talk. It has to have results. Among these:
- All principals trained in the new principal evaluation tool
- All principals completing evidenced-based evaluations for teachers
- Review Advanced Learning programs district-wide to ensure consistency in program offerings, specifically Spectrum
- Increase partnerships with Seattle Council Parent Teacher Student Association (SCPTSA)
- Review and refine the central office performance evaluation tool
There are some specific academic outcomes that I like, especially this one:
- Assess the implementation of Integrated Comprehensive Services (ICS)
There are some Governance Team items that will be checked for completion. Among them:
- Develop a comprehensive timeline for budget development that includes a community
- engagement tool
- Develop an instructional materials waiver policy.
- Develop and implement an intermediate capacity management plan
There are some evaluation points around Core Competencies but they are just blather.
What's missing, of course, is any reference to the superintendent's duties as listed in Policy 1640. Shouldn't the superintendent's evaluation also consider if she:
- Carr(ied) out and ensure(d) compliance with all policies of the Board of Directors through administrative procedures
- Regularly report(ed) to the Board all aspects of the district’s educational program
- Prepare(d) and present(ed) reports on the educational program as required.
and the other duties as well?
Still, on the whole, it is a better tool than the Board has yet devised. It is focused on getting work done, and I really like that.
What do you think? Think fast.