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Denver teachers rate their principals

Of the 3,466 teachers from 130 Denver schools who participated in a recent survey of their principal’s effectiveness, only 15 percent described their school leader as “not effective” or “minimally effective.”

Conversely, 85 percent reported that their principal was “somewhat effective” to “very effective.” And, in fact, the number of teachers rating their bosses in the top two categories rose 7 percent this year over last year.

Results of the annual Teacher Perception Survey were shared with the school board Thursday.

Administrators got mixed reviews on their performance on specific tasks, ranging from 80 percent of teachers rating their principal effective or very effective in terms of having high expectations for the success of every child at the school, to 54 percent rating their principal in those categories in terms of providing actionable feedback and coaching in the classroom.

The results also showed that more teachers ranked principals higher at schools with greater growth on the School Performance Framework.

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