Proposal would require more principal evaluations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators are considering proposals that would require South Carolina's nearly 1,150 principals to be evaluated more frequently and provide a way for non-educators to take the helm of a public school.

The state's deputy superintendent for educator quality, Mark Bounds, says the proposed regulations are about finding and creating the most effective school leaders. While teachers are the most important factor in students' success, he says principals are close behind.

Under one proposal, district officials would have to fully evaluate principals every other year, rather than every three years as currently required, and provide those records to the state through a new online system.

Another would create an alternative path to becoming a principal, allowing someone with a master's degree in any field to become one through a rigorous program.

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