Indiana school principals will begin evaluating all teachers this year under a 2011 law that ties teacher performance to merit pay. But the new responsibilities are sparking worries that administrators will be stretched too thin.
School districts are taking different approaches to help.
The Lafayette School Corp. is spending nearly $400,000 on four new assistant principals to help with the work load. The West Lafayette Community School Corp. added five work days to the employment contracts of administrative personnel responsible for evaluations.
Officials also hope to make the paperwork more manageable by using new software that allows evaluators to complete evaluation forms via their iPads
State education officials acknowledge that principals' time will be spent differently but say it's necessary for them to be effective leaders.