NAESP WEBINAR: Rethinking Principal Evaluation

Description: Creating better evaluation systems for principals has emerged as a cornerstone of education reform. As states and districts develop and redesign principal evaluation systems, NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have recently released a report that provides a collaborative framework and policy recommendations for effective principal evaluation. This panel discussion will focus on the report’s paradigm framework for reframing effective principal evaluation systems. Panel participants include the reports’ leading authors, Mathew Clifford and Stephen Ross.



Matthew Clifford, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the American Institutes for Research. He has over 10 years of experience as a researcher, evaluator, and policy consultant on issues pertaining to school leadership and school principal quality, particularly school leader evaluation. He directs research, evaluation, policy, and technical assistance efforts focused on school leadership, particularly the evaluation and professional development of school principals. He has also led principal performance evaluation design processes for districts through AIR’s Performance Management Advantage service line.


Steven M. Ross, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist and professor at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. He received his doctorate in educational psychology from Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of six textbooks and over 125 journal articles in the areas of educational technology and instructional design, at-risk learners, educational reform, extended learning time programs, and research and evaluation. He is a noted lecturer on school programs and educational evaluation, Editor Emeritus of the research section of the Educational Technology Research and Development journal, and a member of the editorial board for four other professional journals. He has testified on school restructuring research before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families, has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation on project evaluation design, and is a technical advisor and researcher on current federal and state initiatives regarding the evaluation of out-of-school learning, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, technology usage, supplemental educational services, and State Systems of Support (SSOS).