A school’s leadership is one of the most important predictors of student achievement because they create the climate, set the goals, create the processes and support teaching for each student. That is why IO Education has partnered with Vanderbilt University to offer the premier leadership assessment solution. The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED) is a research-based evaluation tool that measures the effectiveness of school leaders by use of a 360-degree, evidence-based, multi-rater assessment protocol focused on learning-centered leadership behaviors that influence teachers, staff, and most importantly, student achievement.
Designed, developed and tested through $2.5M of research grants ensuring the assessment is reliable and valid
Focused on learning-centered leadership behaviors that influence teachers, staff & students
360-degree assessment gathers broad feedback from teachers and supervisors
Evidence-based rating methodology ensures constructive feedback
Results on the 36 attributes provide detailed assessment of a school leader’s performance
Anchored by and aligned with the ISLLC 2008 Educational Leadership Policy Standards
The VAL-ED assessment is specifically designed, developed and tested for leadership evaluation of leaders in K-12 schools.
Effective principal leadership is an essential element of successful schools. With VAL-ED, schools have a quality leadership assessment instrument that has undergone scientific and psychometric development and has been validated against measures of student achievement.
Our district selected VAL-ED as part of our principal evaluation system due to its unparalleled reliability and validity, and for the comprehensive data that it provides. Most importantly, VAL-ED includes feedback from the entire teacher faculty - a response group that is best able to provide insight on their principal's instructional leadership. Principals receive detailed data on their performance in order to grow and improve as educational leaders, and with the comprehensive VAL-ED data, our district is able to tailor and direct our limited professional development funds for the greatest impact.
Leadership is a central ingredient - often the keystone element in school and district success as defined in terms of student achievement.
Assessments that provide ongoing performance feedback to school leaders about their learning-centered leadership behaviors can substantially help school leaders develop effective leadership for school improvement.