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Student Growth to Grade D-211 Principals

Student growth is now a factor in District 211 principal evaluations, the Daily Herald reports.

Student Growth to Grade D-211 Principals

Student academic growth will make up 30 percent of the overall rating for Principals, assistant principals and a few other administrators in District 211, the Daily Herald reports.

Beginning Sept. 1, the new evaluation system was put in place after Gov. Pat Quinn signed of the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) in 2010. According to the Illinois Board of Education, PERA requires school districts to design and apply performance evaluation systems that measure student growth and assess teachers’ and principals’ professional skills.

Under the performance act student academic growth measurements must make up at least a quarter, 25 percent of principals’ overall evaluation. According to the Daily Herald, District 211 went 5 percent above the state’s requirement, student growth will account for 30 percent of the of evaluations in D-211 schools. The Daily Herald reports, principal practice will make up 50 percent and professional growth goals will account for 20 percent of the rating.

According to the Illinois Board of Education, this year, both teachers and administrators in all districts in Illinois (even those that have not yet adopted new evaluation systems) must be rated using one of these four performance categories: Excellent, Proficient, Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory. 

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