Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 | On using tests for rating principals: Use Criterion Referenced Tests. For high schools as an example, scrutinize the syllabus and textbooks for each course. Select the hundred most IMPORTANT concepts, skills, and pieces of information that the student should know by the end of the course. Make an exam from this information to see what the students know at the beginning of the course. Give a similar exam at the end of the course. Measure the growth of each student. Compile the statistics, by class. Then get a total for the school.

The added benefit is that this process will identify teachers who are not performing satisfactorily.

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