How to Address Building Management Tasks in School Principal Evaluation
The NEE Principal Evaluation system is a comprehensive approach that includes four independent measures to help evaluate and guide principals in their work as educational leaders. NEE’s Principal Evaluation system includes:
- The NEE Building Improvement Plan organizer, which documents a principal’s role in planning and monitoring the school’s building improvement plan.
- The NEE Building Personnel Development Plan, which documents a principal’s work as an instructional leader and coach for teacher growth.
- The NEE Principal Professional Development Plan, which guides and documents the principal’s professional growth.
- The NEE Teacher Survey, which gathers anonymous teacher input concerning specific school leadership characteristics.
There is another aspect of the school principal role that is not addressed through the other NEE evaluation components: building management. The principal’s role includes other responsibilities that involve the physical building and the day-to-day operations of the school. The role may include management tasks such as:
- Developing the master schedule
- Developing and following budgets
- Monitoring building maintenance and repairs
- Overseeing vendor and service contacts
To address building management, the Network for Educator Effectiveness has developed a PDF form called the Analysis of Building Management organizer. Although it is not a scored element of the NEE principal evaluation process, it can be utilized to document the principal’s building management efforts and to identify any concerns. NEE schools can access the form on the Help and Resources menu of the NEE Data Tool online evaluation system.
Using the Analysis of Building Management Organizer
School districts that elect to use the Analysis of Building Management organizer will download the document from the Help and Resources menu, have the principal complete the organizer, and save it locally for the supervisor’s review and evaluation.
The principal will begin the organizer by completing the personal information at the top of the form. Then they will describe their process and plan for the daily management of all school building operations in Section A. Section B provides a list of specific management tasks and space for the principal to address each task, noting whether it is one for which they are personally responsible.
An area is also provided for a narrative statement describing the principal’s involvement in the task and noting how often each task is performed. The list includes many tasks for which school principals are usually responsible. However, there is also an area that allows other tasks to be listed.
When a principal has completed their portion of the organizer, it should be saved locally and shared with the evaluator. Many districts do this through the use of a shared network drive or through an online platform such as Google Drive.
Documenting Efforts, Scoring, and Reports
Ideally, an evaluator reviews the Analysis of Building Management organizer immediately after the principal has created it. In this way, the evaluator can note observations that are made throughout the school year when visiting the school building and talking with teachers and parents. If the results of the organizer will be included in the principal’s summative evaluation, the evaluator must complete the end-of-year review portion of the organizer before completing the summative report.
Section C repeats the task list from Section B. The comments area in this section allows the evaluator to comment on the narrative entered by the principal, observations made throughout the year, and the results of the principal’s planned management activities. Near the bottom of the organizer, there are boxes for both principal and evaluator comments. There is no rubric or scoring component for this organizer. It is assumed that the principal’s work in managing the school building is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
There is no online report for this organizer nor is anything automatically incorporated into the principal summative report. However, school districts that make use of this organizer may enter notes concerning building management activities in the comments section of the principal summative report. In this way, the results of the Analysis of Building Management organizer can be recorded and retained for each principal in the NEE Data Tool.
If you are interested in learning more about NEE’s comprehensive principal evaluation process or if you would like additional guidance about using the Analysis of Building Management organizer, please contact us.
The Network for Educator Effectiveness (NEE) is a simple yet powerful comprehensive system for educator evaluation that helps educators grow, students learn, and schools improve. Developed by preK-12 practitioners and experts at the University of Missouri, NEE brings together classroom observation, student feedback, teacher curriculum planning, and professional development as measures of effectiveness in a secure online portal designed to promote educator growth and development.