What is a principal's job?
Yesterday we looked at how much principals earn, and today we'll look at what they get paid to do.
When you read the title of today's post, "What is a principal's job?", what came to mind? It might surprise you (starting on page 16) to read what WCASD principals are actually tasked with, according to the Administrator's Compensation Plan.
The principal provides opportunities for faculty to examine their understandings of standards-based education, equity, and excellence and to identify ways in which current beliefs, values, and practices fall short of desired ideals. (Have we sacrificed academic growth in exchange for equity?)
The priorities of the organization and the priorities of the principals are closely matched. (This means that if you are unhappy with the way your principal is running the school, then you really need to take a look at the admin and board because the principal is aligning the school with the district priorities.)
Students are self-directed and make a safe learning environment a top priority as demonstrated by their actions. (Clearly WCASD is failing at this bullet point.)
Average of the student population improves as does the achievement of each group of students who have previously been identified as needing improvement. (Test scores have declined by 48% since 2017, yet principals continue to receive merit pay even though students are NOT achieving.)
Student success occurs not only on the overall averages, but in each group of historically disadvantaged students. (90% of "historically disadvantaged students in WCASD are NOT PROFICIENT in math. Does this sound like success?)
WCASD needs new leadership, starting with the school board. Our candidates will focus on Trust through Transparency, will Address Academic Decline, will promote Honest Fiscal Accountability, and will be advocates for Safe Schools with Clear Rules.
Vote for Back to Basics candidates on November 7th.