How we did this
The Quality Measures Toolkit draws on nearly two decades of research about high-quality principal preparation, in general, and the preparation of equity-centered principals. This research includes hundreds of research studies, white papers, and frameworks.
The Quality Measures Toolkit is designed to help school district representatives and/or others assess and improve the quality of the training that programs provide to aspiring principals. This is the most recent update of a product originally released in 2009.
The heart of the kit is a detailed self-assessment form, with ratings on a scale of one to four. Users can fill out the form to help them identify the strengths and weaknesses of the programming. There is a rubric for each of the following program domains:
- Candidate Admissions
- Clinical Practice
- Performance Assessment
- Graduate Performance Outcomes
Each domain identifies five to seven indicators of high-quality practice. Taken together, these criteria offer a comprehensive description of high-quality preparation of equity-centered principals.
The self-assessment is designed to be conducted with the help of a “facilitator." This is a professional trained to guide participants through its parts from a position of neutrality. The toolkit could also be useful to those who want to learn about the kinds of research-based elements that make up program quality and get an idea of program improvement areas.
- The Quality Measures toolkit is a set of rubrics for assessment of principal preparation programs.
- It looks at programming in six areas, including admissions, clinical practice, and coursework.
- The toolkit is designed to be used by principal preparation self-study teams as a basis for collaborative reflection on the program's current design and implementation. Self-study teams typically consist of program faculty, affiliated school district representatives, and other program stakeholders.