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Principal Interview 
Rubric for hiring a Principal
Rubric Code: N23W278
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Subject: Vocational  
Type: (Other)  
Grade Levels: Post Graduate


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  Poor

1 pts

Fair

2 pts

Good

3 pts

Excellent

4 pts

Mission/Vision Questions
Mission/Vision Question 1

As principal, what skills, ideas, and strengths will you bring to List that will maintain or elevate the reputation of List Elementary as being one of the best elementary schools in Saginaw County. What vision and plans do you have for school growth?

Poor

Candidate stated a minimal mission for the school.
Fair

Candidate can state a general mission for the school.
Good

Candidate can articulate a defined mission for the school.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined mission. With themselves as a part of the school district.
Mission/Vision Question 2

Upon what basis do you believe school priorities should be established? What would be your first priority?

Poor

Candidate demonstrated no basis for establishing school priorities.

Candidate demonstrated no foresight into the implementation of his/her first priority.
Fair

Candidate has little basis for establishing school priorities.

Candidate has little foresight into the implementation of his/her first priority.
Good

Candidate has adequate basis for establishing school priorities.

Candidate has adequate foresight into the implementation of his/her first priority.
Excellent

Candidate has extensive basis for establishing school priorities.

Candidate has extensive foresight into the implementation of his/her first priority.
Mission/Vision Question 3

How will you make sure that all teachers have a voice in the direction of our school?

Poor

Candidate demonstrated no basis for establishing how to include teachers in decision making/voice.
Fair

Candidate has little basis for establishing how to include teachers in decision making/voice.
Good

Candidate has adequate basis for establishing how to include teachers in decision making/voice.
Excellent

Candidate has extensive basis for establishing how to include teachers in decision making/voice.
Mission/Vision Question 4

What are the most important characteristics of an effective school?

Poor

Candidate expresses no characteristics of an effective school
Fair

Candidate has some ideas of the characteristics of an effective school
Good

Candidate has expresses numerous characteristics of an effective school
Excellent

Candidate expresses detailed characteristics of an effective school
Mission/Vision Question 5

What are the three most important goals you would want to reach in our school? Why?

Poor

Candidate demonstrated no long-term plans or goals in education
Fair

Candidate has some ideas of future goals in education, but did not specifically express what the goals are
Good

Candidate has direction of goals in education and a plan to achieve desired goals
Excellent

Candidate has detailed plans and is in process in achieving desired goals in education
Mission Vision Question 6

How would you develop the team concept with your staff? With the community?

Poor

Candidate has limited vision to develop a team concept with staff and community.
Fair

Candidate can articulate a general plan to develop a team concept with staff and community.
Good

Candidate can articulate a reasonable plan to develop a team concept with staff and community.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined plan to develop a team concept with staff and community.
PD, Curriculum, Instruction Questions
PD, Curriculum, Instruction Question 1

What do you consider to be examples of appropriate instructional practices at the elementary level?

Poor

Candidate has very little curriculum knowledge.
Fair

Candidate has some curriculum knowledge.
Good

Candidate has adequate curriculum knowledge.
Excellent

Candidate has comprehensive curriculum knowledge.
PD, Curriculum, Instruction Question 2

If you want to bring about change in a school, how would you use professional development to
help the change process?
How have you encouraged professional development in staffs you have worked with in the past?

Poor

Has minimal skills to contribute.
Fair

Has some relevant skills and can contribute.
Good

Has a range of skills and ability to contribute.
Excellent

Has a wide range of relevant skills and demonstrates ability to contribute.
PD, Curriculum, Instruction Question 3

Describe an effective classroom.

Poor

Candidate has very little details that create an effective classroom.
Fair

Candidate has some details that create an effective classroom.
Good

Candidate articulates adequate details that create an effective classroom.
Excellent

Candidate articulates with clarity,relevance confidence and enthusiasm details that create an effective classroom.
PD, Curriculum, Instruction Question 4

What experience do you have TEACHING, not just administrating, at the elementary level?

Poor

Analysis is minimal.
Fair

Analysis does not demonstrate sufficient depth.
Good

Can analyze issues in education from a teaching component.
Excellent

Capable of critical analysis of current issues in education with clear personal teaching examples.
PD, Curriculum, Instruction Question 5

What is your opinion on the value of literacy especially at the elementary level and how will you work to promote literacy in our building?

Poor

Candidate stated a minimal philosophy of literacy.
Fair

Candidate can state a general philosophy of literacy.
Good

Candidate can articulate a defined philosophy of literacy with examples.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined philosophy of literacy with examples.
Leadership/Teamwork Questions
Leadership/Teamwork Question 1

What do you see as the major role of the principal? What qualifies you to be a principal?

Poor

Candidate stated a minimal understanding of the role of the principal.
Fair

Candidate can state a general role of the principal.
Good

Candidate can articulate a defined role of the principal.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined role of the principal.
Leadership/Teamwork Question 2

How do you build a positive school culture or climate?

Poor

Has minimal skills to contribute.
Fair

Has some relevant skills and can contribute.
Good

Has a range of skills and ability to contribute.
Excellent

Has a wide range of relevant skills and demonstrates ability to contribute.
Leadership/Teamwork Question 3

What role do you see for the principal in school-based decision making?

Poor

Candidate stated a minimal understanding of the role of the principal in school-based decision making.
Fair

Candidate can state a general role of the principal in school-based decision making.
Good

Candidate can articulate a defined role of the principal in school-based decision making.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined role of the principal in school-based decision making.
Leadership/Teamwork Question 4

How will you maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes testing and expectations from the community?

Poor

Has minimal skills to implement effective strategies to maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes testing.
Fair

Has some relevant skills to implement effective strategies to maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes testing.
Good

Has a range of skills and ability to implement effective strategies to maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes testing.
Excellent

Has a wide range of relevant skills and demonstrates effective strategies to maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes testing.
Leadership/Teamwork Question 5

What do you see as the first step in initiating successful change?

Poor

Candidate expresses no ideas as the first step in initiating successful change.
Fair

Candidate has some ideas as the first step in initiating successful change.
Good

Candidate has expresses numerous methods or ideas as the first step in initiating successful change.
Excellent

Candidate expresses detailed methods or ideas as the first step in initiating successful change.
Leadership/Teamwork Question 6

What steps would you establish to ensure a protocol is clear to all staff?

Poor

Candidate little concept for a protocol of collaboration.
Fair

Candidate can state a concept for a protocol of collaboration.
Good

Candidate can articulate a concept for a protocol of collaboration.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clear concept for a protocol of collaboration and provide examples.
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Questions
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Question 1

How would you assist a teacher who has a violent/disruptive student? What would you do to support him/her?

Poor

Candidate has an limited ideas for addressing the violent/disruptive student.
Fair

Candidate has an idea for addressing the violent/disruptive student.
Good

Candidate has detailed plan for addressing the violent/disruptive student.
Excellent

Candidate has comprehensive plan for addressing the violent/disruptive student.
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Question 2

How do you monitor staff members in their compliance with the State Code of Ethics?

Poor

Candidate can not articulate any plan to monitor staff members in their compliance with the State Code of Ethics.
Fair

Candidate can articulate a reasonable plan to monitor staff members in their compliance with the State Code of Ethics.
Good

Candidate can articulate a detailed plan to monitor staff members in their compliance with the State Code of Ethics.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined plan to monitor staff members in their compliance with the State Code of Ethics.
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Question 3

Tell us about a time when you had to make a difficult decision, and you knew that whatever you decided, some people would be unhappy.

Poor

Candidate could not express details of having to make a difficult decision.
Fair

Candidate articulates with vague details of having to make a difficult decision.
Good

Candidate articulates details of having to make a difficult decision.
Excellent

Candidate articulates with clarity and relevance details of having to make a difficult decision.
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Question 4

What steps would you follow if a teacher did not comply with your recommendations after a classroom visit?

Poor

Candidate could not express details of a course of action for a teacher that did not comply with recommendations after a classroom visit.
Fair

Candidate expresses ideas of a course of action for a teacher that did not comply with recommendations after a classroom visit.
Good

Candidate defines a course of action for a teacher that did not comply with recommendations after a classroom visit.
Excellent

Candidate defines a clear detailed course of action for a teacher that did not comply with recommendations after a classroom visit.
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Question 5

How do you react when a parent calls and is upset with something you have done?

Poor

Candidate does not respond when a parent calls and is upset with something they have done.
Fair

Candidate responds with appropriate action, but not in a timely manner when a parent calls and is upset with something they have done.
Good

Candidate responds with appropriate action when a parent calls and is upset with something they have done.
Excellent

Candidate responds with appropriate action, in a timely manner, and informs another administrator when a parent calls and is upset with something they have done.
Conflict Resolution/Discipline Question 6

When dealing with a discipline problem with a student, what is your major concern?

Poor

Candidate expressed no major concerns when dealing with student discipline problems.
Fair

Candidate expressed few major concerns when dealing with student discipline problems.
Good

Candidate expressed all major concerns when dealing with student discipline problems.
Excellent

Candidate expressed all major concerns when dealing with student discipline problems and provided solutions.
Judgement/Scenario Questions
Judgement Question 1

Upon what criteria would you base your assessment of a teacher?

Poor

Candidate has limited vision to improve teacher growth/assessment of best practices.
Fair

Candidate can articulate a general plan to improve teacher growth/assessment of best practices.
Good

Candidate can articulate a reasonable plan to improve teacher growth/assessment of best practices.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined plan to improve teacher growth/assessment of best practices.
Judgement Question 2

Give us an example of a time when you used data to identify and solve a specific problem or issue related to student achievement. Please tell us what data you used, what the problem was, what actions you took and the results/outcomes. What data do you believe is most informative for monitoring progress of students in your school?

Poor

Candidate has limited vision to improve student growth based on data assessment.
Fair

Candidate can articulate a general plan to improve student growth based on data assessment.
Good

Candidate can articulate a reasonable plan to improve student growth based on data assessment.
Excellent

Candidate can articulate a clearly defined plan to improve student growth based on data assessment.
Judgement Question 3

As a building administrator, what message would you want your school to convey when visitors walk into the building?

Poor

Candidate did not present a message that he/she wants to convey to visitors when they walk into the building.
Fair

Candidate presented a minimal message that he/she wants to convey to visitors when they walk into the building.
Good

Candidate presented a general message that he/she wants to convey to visitors when they walk into the building.
Excellent

Candidate presented a detailed message that he/she wants to convey to visitors when they walk into the building.
Judgement Question 4

On what basis do you judge your success as a principal?

Poor

Candidate presented limited ideas to assess success as a principal.
Fair

Candidate presented ideas to assess success as a principal.
Good

Candidate presented steps to to assess success as a principal.
Excellent

Candidate presented a detailed outlined of steps to to assess success as a principal.
Judgement Question 5

What is the principal’s role in assisting teachers in team planning and teaching?

Poor

Candidate presented a minimal understanding of the principal’s role in assisting teachers in team planning and teaching.
Fair

Candidate presented a relevant understanding of the principal’s role in assisting teachers in team planning and teaching.
Good

Candidate presented a reasonable understanding of the principal’s role in assisting teachers in team planning and teaching.
Excellent

Candidate clearly articulated the principal’s role in assisting teachers in team planning and teaching.
Scenario Questions
Scenario Question 1

Simultaneously, you have a student slip and fall in the hallway, a upset parent come in to discuss an unfair grade his son got on his science project and a phone call from the superintendent who needs to talk to you immediately. How do you handle this situation and where do you begin first?

Poor

Candidate did not present any steps that contribute to solving the scenario.
Fair

Candidate presented a general ideas that contribute to solving the scenario.
Good

Candidate presented few steps that contribute to solving the scenario.
Excellent

Candidate presented multiple comprehensive steps that contribute to solving the scenario.
Scenario Question 2A

While reviewing the lesson plans of one of your best teachers, you realize she has not been teaching mathematics based on the philosophy of your building. Instead she uses a drill and kill style of teaching. Teachers in your school know to use manipulative and other strategies to reach students. However, this otherwise proficient teacher has not complied. What steps will you take to bring this teacher on board? How would you approach giving this teacher feedback on her observation?

Poor

Candidate did not present any steps that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Fair

Candidate presented a general ideas that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Good

Candidate presented few steps that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Excellent

Candidate presented multiple comprehensive steps that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Scenario Question 2B

The program director has been spending far more time in her office and less out in the preschool classes and campus, probably due to an increased expectation to manage a growing children’s program. Consequently, the staff is beginning to feel overlooked, detached and disconnected from the director. (SEE HANDOUT)

Poor

Candidate did not present any steps that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Fair

Candidate presented a general ideas that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Good

Candidate presented few steps that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.
Excellent

Candidate presented multiple comprehensive steps that contribute to or facilitate collegial support or have a courageous conversation.



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