I start as a new Principal in a few months and wanted to get some baseline data of myself so that I had something to compare. No, there isn't a test I can take that would make it easy to score and have results.
I completed the rubric (along with my fellow Principals) to serve as my baseline data as I develop goals for myself this year. Since this is my first go at a Principal, I did not have some of the necessary experience or frames of reference to accurately evaluate myself in some areas. In those cases, I tended to go with a 2 ranking because I didn't think I was awful, but also wanted room for improvement. For the sake of tracking I created a spreadsheet in Google Apps to make it easier to calculate.
John's Principal Evaluation Rubric
My overall rankings (4 point scale with 4 being highest) were,
- Strategy - 2.0
- First Things First - 1.8
- Curriculum and Data - 2.3
- Talent Development - 1.7
- Culture - 1.8
- Management - 2.1
Since this is a self evaluation, I am probably harder on myself than others would be and I am probably not in alignment with my fellow principals, YET. However, the results didn't surprise me. The areas I personally feel need work ended up scoring low and the areas I excel scored higher. My personal goals will end up being centered around Culture and First Things First. The reason I didn't focus on Talent Development has more to do with our district's current financial situation than my lack of ability to develop talent (I certainly won't ignore it though). The rubric descriptions provide a very clear vision of what I should be achieving.
This particular rubric is great for long term goal planning, but not really good for day to day evaluation. Again, Kim Marshall provides a great tool; Nine Hundred Lessons. This tool is great and can be adapted to just about anything. The basic premise is rating whatever you are evaluating or self evaluating on "a 4-3-2-1 scale, 4 being master-teacher level performance, 3 being solid professional practice, 2 mediocre, 1 unsatisfactory." I plan to develop a daily Google Form where I enter my own rating as a principal on a day to day basis. Simple to do and simple to track.
Baseline and Meridian - by Chuck Coker