• Below are the agreed upon objective performance standards and rating scale descriptors used as a basis for assessing the Superintendent’s performance in the areas of Student Growth and Achievement; Organizational Leadership; District Operations and Financial Management; Communication and Community Relations; Human Resource Management; and Professionalism.

    This evaluation tool was developed by PSBA (Pennsylvania School Boards Assoc.) in accordance with best practice and has been adopted by the Downingtown Area School District.

  • Objective Performance Standards


    Student Growth and Achievement

    Superintendent uses multiple data sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to needs within the district and as determined annually in collaboration with the board of school directors. Annual or other district performance objectives are articulated and clearly achieved under the direction of the superintendent relative to PSSA, PVAAS, and other locally determined measures.

    Organizational Leadership

    Superintendent has worked collaboratively with the Board to develop a vision for the district, displays an ability to identify and rectify problems affecting the district, works collaboratively with district administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized, and works to influence the climate and culture of the district.

    District Operations and Financial Management

    Superintendent manages effectively, ensuring completion of activities associated with the annual budget; overseeing distribution of resources in support of district priorities; and directing overall operational activities within the district.

    Communication and Community Relations

    Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the board, and members of the community, clearly articulating district goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the district, and building support for district initiatives, programs and short/long-range plans.

    Human Resource Management

    Superintendent incorporates best practices for human resource management and oversight, coordinating staffing, recruitment, and other human resource functions within the district.


    Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania’s public education system as well as that of the local community. Superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon her/his effectiveness within the role, and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.

  • Rating Scale Descriptors  


    ·        Performance is clearly outstanding

    ·        Performance is superior, far exceeding expectations

    ·        Performance is exceptional on a regular or continuous basis –  the superintendent far outperforms relative to minimum expectations.

    Above Average

    ·       Performs all functions within the role, meeting or occasionally exceeding expectations


    ·       Performance is adequate, meeting standards or expectations generally associated with performance

    Satisfactory with Improvement Needed

    ·       Simultaneously meets and fails to meet expectations associated with assigned tasks, targeted goals, or professional competencies

    ·       Performance is both adequate and less than adequate on a periodic or infrequent basis – the superintendent may be developing within the position, but needs to improve to be considered satisfactory

    Unsatisfactory - Below the Expectations of the Board

    ·       Performance is below acceptable levels

    ·       Fails to meet most expectations associated with the role of superintendent – substantial professional improvement is needed before the superintendent can be considered proficient in the role