Statement by President Diann Woodard In Response to “The Ripple Effect” Report on Principal Effectiveness
Washington, D.C.—In response to the May 1 report “The Ripple Effect” released by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) on principal effectiveness, President Diann Woodard of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, released the following statement:
“The research presented by the American Institutes for Research on principal evaluation systems only confirms what school leaders have experienced first-hand for years. When principal evaluations are based solely on student achievement, namely test scores, our leadership abilities and years of classroom experience are suddenly diminished to a number that reflects what a student faces each day at school and at home; a number that lacks the integrity to define what our jobs truly demand of us.
“Principals are an integral part of a school and its community, and just as a school cannot be defined by one child, neither can a principal be defined by one single job task. The relation between a principal and the overall health of a school is complex at the least, and to base a principal’s effectiveness chiefly off the test scores of students is a poor and misguided approach.”