(105 ILCS 5/24A-15)
    Sec. 24A-15. Development of evaluation plan for principals and assistant principals.
    (a) Each school district, except for a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code, shall establish a principal and assistant principal evaluation plan in accordance with this Section. The plan must ensure that each principal and assistant principal is evaluated as follows:
        (1) For a principal or assistant principal on a
    
single-year contract, the evaluation must take place by March 1 of each year.
        (2) For a principal or assistant principal on a
    
multi-year contract under Section 10-23.8a of this Code, the evaluation must take place by March 1 of the final year of the contract.
    On and after September 1, 2012, the plan must:
        (i) rate the principal's or assistant principal's
    
performance as "excellent", "proficient", "needs improvement" or "unsatisfactory"; and
        (ii) ensure that each principal and assistant
    
principal is evaluated at least once every school year.
    Nothing in this Section prohibits a school district from conducting additional evaluations of principals and assistant principals.
    (b) The evaluation shall include a description of the principal's or assistant principal's duties and responsibilities and the standards to which the principal or assistant principal is expected to conform.
    (c) The evaluation for a principal must be performed by the district superintendent, the superintendent's designee, or, in the absence of the superintendent or his or her designee, an individual appointed by the school board who holds a registered Type 75 State administrative certificate.
    Prior to September 1, 2012, the evaluation must be in writing and must at least do all of the following:
        (1) Consider the principal's specific duties,
    
responsibilities, management, and competence as a principal.
        (2) Specify the principal's strengths and weaknesses,
    
with supporting reasons.
        (3) Align with research-based standards established
    
by administrative rule.
    On and after September 1, 2012, the evaluation must, in addition to the requirements in items (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection (c), provide for the use of data and indicators on student growth as a significant factor in rating performance.
    (c-5) The evaluation of an assistant principal must be performed by the principal, the district superintendent, the superintendent's designee, or, in the absence of the superintendent or his or her designee, an individual appointed by the school board who holds a registered Type 75 State administrative certificate. The evaluation must be in writing and must at least do all of the following:
        (1) Consider the assistant principal's specific
    
duties, responsibilities, management, and competence as an assistant principal.
        (2) Specify the assistant principal's strengths and
    
weaknesses with supporting reasons.
        (3) Align with the Illinois Professional Standards
    
for School Leaders or research-based district standards.
    On and after September 1, 2012, the evaluation must, in addition to the requirements in items (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection (c-5), provide for the use of data and indicators on student growth as a significant factor in rating performance.
    (d) One copy of the evaluation must be included in the principal's or assistant principal's personnel file and one copy of the evaluation must be provided to the principal or assistant principal.
    (e) Failure by a district to evaluate a principal or assistant principal and to provide the principal or assistant principal with a copy of the evaluation at least once during the term of the principal's or assistant principal's contract, in accordance with this Section, is evidence that the principal or assistant principal is performing duties and responsibilities in at least a satisfactory manner and shall serve to automatically extend the principal's or assistant principal's contract for a period of one year after the contract would otherwise expire, under the same terms and conditions as the prior year's contract. The requirements in this Section are in addition to the right of a school board to reclassify a principal or assistant principal pursuant to Section 10-23.8b of this Code.
    (f) Nothing in this Section prohibits a school board from ordering lateral transfers of principals or assistant principals to positions of similar rank and salary.
(Source: P.A. 96-861, eff. 1-15-10; 97-217, eff. 7-28-11.)