HJR 20/SJR 58: Commission to Review,
Study and Reform Educational Leadership
November 15, 2002
The commission's fifth
and final meeting of 2002 consisted of a work session in which the members
developed the following recommendations:
1. That the Board of Education,
by October 1, 2003, examine and revise its administrative licensure
requirements to ensure alignment with the evaluation criteria for principals,
administrators, and central office instructional personnel as set forth
in the board's Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards
and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers, Administrators and Superintendents.
2. That the Board of Education
and the State Council of Higher Education coordinate to ensure that
the performance and leadership standards described in the board's
Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria
for Teachers, Administrators, and Superintendents are reflected
in preparation and training programs for principals and superintendents
in institutions of higher education.
3. That the Board of Education
and the State Council of Higher Education develop guidelines for mentorships
for administrators within approved administrator training programs.
4. That approved higher education
programs, in collaboration with school divisions, develop and implement
models for internships for aspiring principals and assistant principals.
5. That the Board of Education
review its regulations as may be necessary to incorporate alternative
licensure routes for principals and assistant principals that recognize
the various and particular skills required for the functions of such
positions as well as potential alternative sources of training for such
licensure. In further support of this recommendation, the Commonwealth
Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) will examine the delivery of training
programs, the roles alternative candidates might assume, and what skills
might be needed for tailored administrative positions; CEPI will also
coordinate with the board and will report to the commission in 2003.
6. That Article VIII, Section
7 of the Virginia Constitution be amended to authorize the General Assembly
to prescribe by statute the delegation of school board authority over
certain personnel and employment decisions.
Discussion also focused on
current state budgetary constraints, leadership academies, the value of
mentorships and internships, credit for out-of-state service, enhanced
staffing levels, incentive and reward initiatives, sabbaticals, and annual
evaluations for principals. The commission endorsed in concept legislation
to be offered independently by commission member Delegate Reid authorizing
superintendents accepting employment from out-of-state to purchase Virginia
Retirement System benefits.
The Hon. Phillip A. Hamilton
For information, contact:
Kathleen G. Harris
Division of Legislative Services
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