We know all too well the priorities spinning on principals’ plates. While students are busily learning, principals are focused on administration, organization and instruction. Just this summer, Education Week reported on studies illuminating a principal’s need for adequate time and evidence to assess a teacher’s performance.
I am no stranger to the challenges principals face. For a decade I led the staff of an at-risk school. Eighty-nine percent of our students were eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch and our growing English language learner population meant that we had to double efforts to close language and achievement gaps. We needed a structure for targeted teacher support, and a mechanism for analyzing data and assessing progress year-round. That’s where the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement came in. TAP is an initiative of NIET.