March 17, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Public school principals across West Virginia will soon learn how to use the state's new teacher evaluation system.
The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is offering principal training sessions around the state on the new system this summer. The sessions begin in June and continue through August.
Center CEO Dixie Billheimer tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the new system gives principals a way to stay involved in the classroom and to be instructional leaders.
The system emphasizes conversations between teachers and principals. Some weight also is given to data and students' standardized test scores.
The system began as a pilot two years ago with 25 schools. Last year, it was expanded to 136 schools. It will be established in all schools this fall.