State of the Superintendency                             Page 6


Publicizing Job Evaluations


More than 50 percent of superintendents in a nationwide survey indicate their performance evaluations are not made public, while slightly more than a third say their evaluation results are released publicly. The findings were contained in AASA’s 2012 salary and benefits study.

State-specific public records laws govern the release of such information. These laws are evolving as state legislatures and courts decide if superintendents are public officials.

AASA’s decennial study of the superintendency in 2010 pointed to increased frequency of formal evaluations along with expanded use of performance measures leading to merit awards. Link this with the call for greater transparency in public records and it’s reasonable to believe more superintendent evaluations will become public.

Source of data: “2012 Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study” published by AASA. Analysis by Robert S. McCord, Noelle M. Ellerson and Christopher C. Stream. Full study available at www.aasa.org. Also, “The American School Superintendent 2010 Decennial Study” by Theodore J. Kowalski et al., published by Rowman & Littlefield.


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