The following Priority Notice was distributed to superintendents on Tuesday, August 19.
As part of ongoing efforts to support school administrative units in ensuring that teachers are led by highly effective building administrators, I am pleased to announce the release of the Maine DOE Principal Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) Model.
The Department has adopted as a State Principal PEPG Model the Administrator Evaluation Framework, which was prepared by the Auburn School Department in collaboration with the Department and the Maine Principals’ Association.
The collaborative group based the Administrator Evaluation Framework on the Principal Evaluation System developed by the MPA, attaching to the MPA system student learning and growth measures and other elements required in a PEPG model. A Quality Assurance Inventory prepared by the Department provides detailed evidence of the ways in which the Administrator Evaluation Framework meets the requirements of Rule Chapter 180.
The State Principal PEPG Model may be used by SAUs in one of four ways:
- A model to be voluntarily adopted in its entirety prior to June 1, 2015;
- A model to be adopted by default, in accordance with the requirements of Rule Chapter 180, by SAUs who are not able to complete the development of a model prior to June 1, 2015.
- A model to be adopted in part and merged with locally determined elements by SAUs prior to June 1, 2015; or
- A guide to local SAUs in developing and implementing a model.
One of the surest ways to ensure the success of our future graduates is through effective teachers and leaders. Many Maine schools are well on their way to implementing PEPG systems that facilitate professional growth and meaningful evaluations of teachers and principals. Supporting resources can be found on the Educator Effectiveness webpage.
Jim Rier, Commissioner
Maine Department of Education