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11,000 staff assessed by Abu Dhabi education chiefs

The annual assessments, which were first performed in 2011, rated 9,738 teachers, 263 principals, 321 vice principals, 270 faculty heads, and 1,185 support staff.

ABU DHABI // More than 11,000 school staff have had their skills evaluated as part of a monitoring process by Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).

The annual assessments, which were first performed in 2011, rated 9,738 teachers, 263 principals, 321 vice principals, 270 faculty heads, and 1,185 support staff.

"The system helps Adec identify professional development programmes, develop school improvement plans and improve principals as well as teachers' capabilities to enhance the quality of performance across schools," said Mohammad Al Dhaheri, Adec's executive director of school operations.

The evaluation process involves completing a self assessment, which is followed by a discussion of the assessment with a committee made up of two peer reviewers.

The data is then entered by one reviewer into the system while the second reviewer approves it, and an electronic report of the assessment results is sent to the employee.

The process was designed to help identify staff's strengths and weaknesses and take action to improve performance when necessary, the council said.

"Principals, vice principals, teachers, faculty heads and cluster managers go through a rigorous evaluation protocol in line with their responsibilities," Mr Al Dhaheri said.

Principals are evaluated on five professional standards including leadership, while teachers are evaluated on four teaching standards, including profession, curriculum, classroom and community.

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