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HGEA, DOE Agree on Evaluation and Support System for Principals
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 5101 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

SA: Principals approve evaluations, 9 years after law mandated

Long-overdue performance evaluations for Hawaii public school principals will be rolled out next school year, with half of a principal's rating based on student achievement, the union for school administrators announced Thursday….

"It's going to be a dynamic process," Perreira said Thursday at a news conference. "It is intended to provide support, professional development and training."

Key aspects of the evaluation system remain unresolved, including what the consequences will be for principals deemed unsatisfactory, and what the incentives will be for those rated highly.

Perreira did say that if a principal is given opportunities to improve and does not, "then the department is expected to deal with it."

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DOE Announces New Evaluation and Support System for School Principals

News Release from Hawaii DoE January 24, 2013

HONOLULU - All Hawaii public school principals will receive enhanced supports and evaluations beginning in the 2013-14 school year under an agreement between the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) on a new Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administrators (CESSA).

CESSA implementation began with 81 schools in August 2012 as principals and their supervisors, the Complex Area Superintendents (CASs), jointly set goals for the year. As we worked through the implementation, and as part of our shared commitment to continuously improve and to provide supports aligned with the CESSA, it made sense to expand the implementation to all schools. Additionally, feedback from school principals was also taken into account.

Implementation will continue in all schools this school year with training for all principals and CASs. Feedback from the first year of implementation will be used to refine the system in 2014-2015.

“Effective school leadership is critical to student achievement,” said DOE Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “The Department is committed to ensuring principals, teachers and schools have the support they need to reach their goals.”

Each principal will receive a rating based half on Student Outcomes (Domain 1) and half on Principal Leadership Practice (Domains 2-6). The five different leadership and performance domains include:

· Professional growth and learning
· School planning and progress
· School culture
· Professional qualities and instructional leadership
· Stakeholder support and engagement

CESSA is tied to a system of support based on short- and long-range goals for principals’ professional improvement efforts.

“This was truly a collaborative effort by HGEA and DOE teams with a goal towards raising the bar in school leadership,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

This agreement between HGEA and DOE aligns with the Hawaii State Board of Education policy 2055 on teacher and principal performance evaluation. The DOE is currently in the second year of a seven-year strategic plan that calls for preparing graduates for college or careers. Effective school leadership is fundamental to the success of this strategic plan. The DOE and HGEA will continue to work together to provide school principals with guidelines, training and support in advance of successful implementation next school year.

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Public school principals initiate and develop new evaluation system — key element to achieve Race to the Top goals

News Release from HGEA January 24, 2013

This afternoon HGEA sent out a press release announcing the Hawaii State Department of Education's new multi-tiered evaluation system for public school principals. The text of the press release appears below.


Public school principals initiate and develop new evaluation system — key element to achieve Race to the Top goals

The Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) and state Department of Education (DOE) have reached an agreement to implement a new multi-tiered evaluation system for public school principals.

A committee of 16 HGEA Unit 6 principals representing a variety of levels and districts statewide initiated and developed the Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administrators (CESSA), which focuses on supporting and equipping every school leader with the necessary instructional leadership practices to build effective schools. The purpose and intent of this evaluation program is to support the professional growth and development of principals in their leadership practice.

HGEA and the committee spent months working in collaboration with the DOE to finalize the evaluation system, which creates a set of standardized metrics and also factors in the differences in each of the schools.

“The CESSA is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said HGEA Unit 6 President Francine Honda, CESSA committee member and Kailua High School principal. “Principals helped to initiate and create an evaluation system that recognizes the unique needs of the school community, the complexities of school improvement and an annual and cumulative five-year evaluation process.”

“HGEA commends these school leaders who, despite their extremely busy schedules, came together to develop a comprehensive evaluation system for public school principals,” said HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira. “Their passion and dedication to develop this model clearly demonstrates that our principals remain committed to ensure that our children get the best education we can offer. Their efforts are further proof that collaboration between employee stakeholders and education leaders is the best method to achieve our goals for greater student achievement.”

CESSA Committee Members
Bert Carter, Kaewai Elementary School
John Costales, Jr., Kalama Intermediate School (Maui)
Patricia Dang, Kapalama Elementary School
Darrel Galera, Moanalua High School*
Michael Harano, Washington Middle School
Debra Hatada, Kaimiloa Elementary School
Francine Honda, Kailua High School
Kelcy Koga, Waiakea High School (Hawaii Island)
Karen Liu, King Kaumualii Elementary School (Kauai)
Meredith Maeda, Castle High School
Naomi Matsuzaki, Kahaluu Elementary School
Bruce Naguwa, Kapolei Middle School
Steve Nakasato, Mililani Ike Elementary
Fred Rose, Eleele Elementary School (Kauai)
Nelson Shigeta, Waianae High School
Michael Tokioka, Aiea High School (retired)

*Currently Education Specialist, Professional Development & Educational Research Institute

For more information about CESSA, visit the DOE’s special CESSA website link found on its homepage at



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