Effectiveness Project District Administrator Performance Evaluation System (DAPES) Overview

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.

See a short informational overview on DAPES here:

DAPES Overview


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