Question: Can we systematically weed out our lowest performing principals?
The DeKalb County School District serves nearly 102,000 students, 137 schools and centers, and 15,500 employees. If we can agree that some principals are better than others, is it possible to fairly and accurately implement a systemic evaluation system? DeKalb Schools says “Yes We Can”.
What’s the plan?
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has developed its own data-driven process to evaluate the school house principals’ consistent academic progress of its students. This process has culminated in the reassignment of numerous principals.
The principal evaluation process rates the leaders of all DCSD schools using five indicators. All principals meeting these requirements have officially been reassigned and have the ability to apply for other non-principal positions within the district.
- The principal has served more than three years (before July 1, 2013).
- The school’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score was less than 60 in 2016.
- The school’s average CCRPI score for 2014-2016 is less than the 2014 score (the school has lower test scores than the first measurement year).
- The school did not outperform the “Beating the Odds” designation.
- The school did not exit the state’s “focus” or “primary” designation from 2014 to 2016.
School Based Leadership (SBL) Reorganization
9 principals met these requirements this year. Therefore, the elementary schools that will receive new leadership include: Dresden, Rock Chapel, Panola Way, Oak View, International School Center, Shadow Rock, Stoneview, Flat Rock and Snapfinger.
DCSD will begin the search immediately to find a highly-qualified leader to serve at those campuses impacted by the reorganization through a pool of high-performing assistant principals, traditional applicants, and through its Leadership Training program.
Dr. Stephen Green
Superintendent, DeKalb County School District
By: Marlon A. Walker – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DeKalb Schools’ reassigned principals mostly return to teaching, retire
Three others accepted new administrative positions. Two others retired.
Green said he was reassigning nine principals with hopes that new leadership would lead to better student outcomes.
District officials said former principals Ledra Jemison, Ethan Suber, Dominique Terrell and Karen Williams accepted teacher contracts. Michael Williamson became an instructional technology manager, Zack Phillips will be a coordinator in the early childhood division and Rodney Mallory will be an assistant principal.
Terry Segovis and Sylvia Pilson retired from the school district.