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To continuously improve, leaders change based on what the data tell them. The key to leader evaluations is the alignment of goals and measures, and using Evidence-Based Leadership which means the alignment of goals (accountability), alignment of actions (will and skill), and alignment of processes and tools.

Alignment must happen among all levels and all departments. Within a school district this means the Executive Leadership, District Leadership, Department and Program Leadership, School Leadership, and Teachers.

To become a better school district leaders must become better and better. This is the importance of aligned measurements and assessments. The more diversified the input of data in leader evaluations, the more opportunities for improvements. The Must Haves in the leader evaluation development process include:

Alignment of board adopted measurable goals to superintendent evaluation;

At least 90% of superintendent’s evaluation on measurable goals;

At least 75% leader evaluation on measurable goals;

Alignment of leadership development to goals required for every leader;

Recognition of high performance, coach performance improvement, and address low performance;

Alignment of any accelerators to goals; remove meaningless ones

Again, to continuously improve, leaders change based on what the data tell them. In the Continuous Improvement Flywheel leaders first gather and analyze baseline data to set growth goals (Diagnose). Second, they execute focused, consistent, and aligned actions to these goals. Steps three and four are to Coach and Validate leader actions. Fifth, leaders gauge their own progress toward achieving the growth goals (Assess).

When school leaders consistently and coherently move toward goals and measures grounded in Evidence-Based Leadership, they create a results-driven and performance-driven culture that produces improved student learning, improved parent satisfaction, and a great place for teachers to teach and staff to work.




Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. To do this we teach teachers and leaders how to get the best student learning results and create results-oriented school cultures. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com to learn more about Studer Education Teacher Development Institutes (TDIs), Leader Development Institutes (LDIs), and Evidence-Based Leadership.