TRENTON – The Christie Administration announced today a competitive $500,000 grant program for approximately 10 districts or charter schools to test a new principal evaluation system in the 2012-13 school year.
According to the administration, the $500,000 available for this pilot will be drawn from the state’s $38 million Race to the Top 3 award received last December.
The program will advance one of the Christie Administration’s goals of giving principals more authority over which teachers to have in their schools.
“There is no more important investment we can make from the state level than to ensure that we have the highest-quality principals and teachers working with our students on a day-to-day basis,” said Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.
“Partnered with the ongoing development of our teacher evaluation system, this new principal evaluation pilot is a crucial next step to help all of our educators continuously improve their practice with the goal of ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school ready for college and career.”
Similar to the teacher evaluation pilots, each district participating in the principal evaluation program will set up a local advisory group that will meet over the course of the year to guide implementation. In addition, principals and district administrators will be trained on the evaluation system.