Conducting a thoughtful, fair and useful evaluation of the superintendent is both important and challenging. The following guidance, rubrics, and video series are intended to support all aspects of a meaningful evaluation.
Updated guidance reflects a goal-driven process of evaluating superintendents and other district administrators. Guidance reflects regulatory requirements and articulates best practices related to establishing clear processes, setting meaningful goals, identifying focus Indicators, collecting and sharing evidence, and determining summative ratings.
Evaluating Superintendents and District Administrators
Model Rubric for Superintendents and District Administrators — updatedThe updated Model Rubric for Superintendents and District Administrators is a comprehensive rubric aligned to the Standards and Indicators of Effective Administrative Leadership. This rubric describes administrative leadership practice for all district-level administrators, including the superintendent.
Indicator Rubric for Superintendents (2019-20 draft rubric)Based on the Model Rubric for Superintendents, the Indicator Rubric describes practice at a higher level and is specific to the superintendent position. The rubric describes practice in full accordance with the Standards and Indicators of Effective Administrative Leadership. This rubric is being piloted during the 2019-20 school year to study its implementation and impact. Districts interested in piloting the Indicator Rubric may register their intent to do so.
Evidence Examples for Superintendent EvaluationThis resource includes examples of common types of evidence associated with each Standard and Indicator for Effective Administrative Leadership Practice. It is meant to guide-not prescribe-the collection of evidence for purposes of superintendent evaluation.
In this series of five short videos, school committee members and superintendents from five districts share their experiences as they developed, implemented, and now continue to refine the superintendent evaluation process. These videos describe ways Massachusetts school districts have tackled the challenge of making good use of the superintendent evaluation requirements. Each has gone beyond compliance to develop practical approaches that help both the school committee and superintendent focus their work on actions that can, and will, make a real difference for students.
In this video you will learn how superintendents and school committees in five Massachusetts school districts have increased transparency and goal alignment in order to ensure a fair, thoughtful, and useful superintendent evaluation process.
In this video you will learn how superintendents and school committees in five Massachusetts school districts have organized subcommittees, revised calendars, and maintained ongoing communication in order to promote effective evaluation cycles and focus on continuous improvement.
In this video you will learn how superintendents and school committees in five Massachusetts school districts have developed collaborative processes to establish and monitor goals that are meaningful, measurable, and attainable.
In this video you will learn how superintendents and school committees in five Massachusetts school districts have made evaluation an ongoing conversation throughout the year as superintendents share evidence of progress towards goals and present a final report on the year's work.
In this video you will learn how superintendents and school committees in five Massachusetts school districts develop shared expectations around and clear processes for determining summative performance ratings.
*DESE extends its thanks to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for their partnership in the development of this video series.
Last Updated: October 18, 2019
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