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Dallas ISD's Excellence Initiatives 

Dallas ISD is committed to improving the quality of instruction by placing an effective teacher in front of every child, an effective principal at every campus, and effective staff in all roles across the District.  Our efforts to transform Dallas ISD have focused on investing in our people and developing our human capital. In particular, we have fundamentally changed how we assess principal, assistant principal, counselor and teacher effectiveness. Evaluations are now tied to student achievement results and other key performance metrics. Compensation for principals, assistant principals, and teachers is tied to overall effectiveness.

In Dallas, we recognize the important role of principals, assistant principals, counselors and teachers in raising student achievement results and building and sustaining a positive and supportive school culture.  As a result of the Excellence Initiatives (PEI, APEI, SCEI and TEI), Dallas ISD has for the first time an objective way to measure effectiveness.  The combination of multiple measures, measured in multiple ways, presents a holistic view of employees within Dallas ISD.

Dallas ISD is leveraging the results of the evaluations to further transform our schools and the student achievement gains of our students. For both PEI, in year 3 of implementation, and TEI, in year of 2 of implementation, the evaluation results are being used in a number of ways from hiring decisions, including the staffing of our intensive school support initiative resulting in strong growth in year 1 to focusing the professional development opportunities provided by Teaching & Learning to best support continued growth in quality of instruction.

The commitment of Dallas ISD to transform evaluation systems into Excellence Initiatives provides Dallas ISD with the human capital information needed to best support the ambitious six student achievement goals outlined by the board of trustees.  As a district, the Excellence Initiatives provide a fair, accurate, and rigorous way to identify and reward those having the biggest impact with our students as well as the information to grow and develop as we seek to continually improve the quality of instruction.  
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