The Minnesota model for principal evaluation was developed in response to legislation passed in the 2011 Special Session. Provisions in legislation require that all principals be evaluated annually and set criteria to be met for both the substance and the process of the evaluation.View Measuring Principal Performance in Minnesota: A Report, Model and Recommendations
Legislation also established a working group of stakeholders to develop a state model for principal evaluation. This model is not mandated, but serves as a resource to help local districts develop and maintain a model.
The working group was jointly convened by the commissioner of education and the executive directors of the Minnesota Elementary Principals’ Association (MESPA) and the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP), per statutory requirements.
During school year 2012-2013, 17 Minnesota districts piloted the state’s example principal evaluation model. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and districts concluded the pilot in fall 2013. An independent researcher, FHI 360, was funded by the Bush Foundation to produce recommendations from the pilot based on surveys and interviews with principals and evaluators in pilot districts. The pilot study’s final report was published in spring 2014. Find the full report and executive summary on FHI 360’s website.