Idaho's effective administrators recognize their accountability for the collective success of their schools, including the learning, growth and achievement of both students and staff. As the school's primary instructional leader, effective administrators enable critical discourse and data driven reflection about curriculum, assessment, instruction and student progress, and create structures to facilitate improvement. Effective administrators are adept at creating systems that maximize the utilization of resources and human capital, foster collaboration, and facilitate constructive change. By creating a common vision and articulating shared values, effective administrators lead and manage their schools in a manner that supports the school's ability to promote equity and continually improve its positive impact on students and families (Adapted from the State of Colorado's definition of Effective Principals)
Idaho has identified state minimum standards for principal evaluation based on the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. In addition, administrators are required to obtain proof of proficiency in conducting teacher evaluations using the state's adopted model, the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching Second Edition. Idaho Standards for Effective Principals are divided into 14 components clustered into three domains.
An educational leader promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development. An educational leader articulates and promotes high expectations for teaching and learning while responding to diverse community interest and needs.
An educational leader promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment. In collaboration with others, uses appropriate data to establish rigorous, concrete goals in the context of student achievement and instructional programs. He or she uses research and/or best practices in improving the education program.
An educational leader promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. He or she provides leadership for major initiatives and change efforts and uses research and/or best practices in improving the education program.