It is my contention that any person who is a candidate for principal of a school MUST ... be ... prepared to take the school from where it is to a higher level of performance.
targets are met or exceeded) or imposition of sanctions when targets are not met.
KEY FACTORS DETERMINING SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
The factors that determine the performance of schools are many and varied and relate not only to teachers and the quality of leadership, but include factors such as resources, the support and influence of the community and past students, etc. In considering the mechanics of implementing a performance-based evaluation and compensation system, some teachers are understandably sceptical and indeed fearful as they are of the view that an unfair board could create the means to dismiss them without justification and place on them the burden of having to fight for their rights. These concerns cannot be dismissed as being without foundation but the probability of that happening cannot be used to allow the status quo to remain.
What is beyond dispute, however, concerning the performance of schools is that the top two factors that determine the outcomes of schools are (a) the quality of teaching and learning, and (b) the quality of leadership (Leithwood, 2004). Against that background, there is an urgent call for there to be reforms to the system of teacher evaluation in Jamaica to place the accountability where it truly belongs – teacher quality, and teaching and leadership.