Effectiveness Project District Administrator Performance Evaluation System (DAPES) Overview

The Right Work.... An effective administrator in every district

The primary purposes of the District Administrator Performance Evaluation System (DAPES) are to:

  • improve educational performance, both for the district administrator/superintendent and, ultimately, the entire school district;
  • improve district administrator/superintendent and board relations and communications;
  • clarify the roles of the district administrator/superintendent;
  • inform the district administrator/superintendent of the board's expectations;
  • improve planning;
  • aid in the professional development of the district administrator/superintendent;
  • serve as a basis for personnel decisions;
  • serve as an accountability mechanism; and
  • fulfill legal requirements.
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Human Resources Leadership
  • Operations & Resource Management
  • Communication & Community Relationships
  • Professionalism
The distinguishing characteristics of the District Administrator Performance Evaluation System (DAPES) include: 
  • benchmark behaviors for each of the performance standards;
  • a focus on the relationship between district administrator/superintendent performance and improved school performance and student learning and growth;
  • the use of multiple data sources for documenting performance, including opportunities for district administrators/superintendents to present evidence of their own performance as well as student growth;
  • a procedure for conducting performance reviews that stresses accountability, promotes professional improvement, and increases district administrators'/superintendents' involvement in the evaluation process; and
  • opportunity for assistance when needed.
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