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AWSP Leadership Framework

The AWSP Leadership Framework was designed to promote the growth of the principal in areas that are most likely to result in increased student achievement. It directly aligns with Washington state evaluation criteria, rules and regulations. 

NEW: AWSP Leadership Framework 3.0

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Note: This Document is Under Revision

We Need Your Input

This document is an initial rollout of the AWSP Leadership Framework 3.0. AWSP is looking for districts from all nine ESDs who are willing to “test-drive” and review this draft by Feb. 1, 2020, to provide feedback that will inform the final version. The final version will be implemented statewide during the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in becoming a Framework Feedback district, contact us by Nov. 1. Framework Feedback districts will receive a complimentary print copy of the Framework 3.0 draft for each administrator.


The AWSP Framework 3.0 is the result of a process that included an analysis of other school leadership frameworks, feedback from focus-groups and interviews with principals and their supervisors who have been using the original AWSP Framework. Resources and commentary have been added to this version in order to support and emphasize the importance of growth-oriented conversations. Learn more about Version 3.0.

Framework Structure

The centerpiece of AWSP's Leadership Framework is eight chapters, each devoted to one of Washington's eight principal evaluation criteria. 

The Leadership Framework is organized by criterion and includes the following:

  • Reflection Considerations. Ideas to help spur discussion between principal and supervisor during the initial evaluation. 
  • Resources. Now an online Resource Library with hundreds of books, surveys, case studies, best practices and more.
  • Rubrics. At-a-glance look at the elements supporting each criterion. Download the rubrics.
  • Appendices. The appendices include research supporting the criteria and ISSLC Standard comparison information.

Evidence of Impact Tool 4.0

AWSP's Evidence of Impact Tool is designed to help encourage school leaders in conversations about the impact of leadership. It is not an evaluation form, but helps you work through several thoughts on leadership: What is your Problem of Practice (POP) and Theory of Action (TOA)? What makes you an effective leader? How do you know you had an impact?

Resource Library

View hundreds of books, surveys, case studies, tools, and best practices in the Resource Library

Summative Scoring guidance:

AWSP Leadership Framework User's Guide

User's Guide was released in the spring of 2014, which includes sections on:

  • Setting the Stage
  • Professional Growth Planning
  • Using Data to Inform Principal Evaluation and Practice
  • Preparing for the Evaluation
  • Adapting the Framework for Assistant Principals
  • Teacher and Principal Evaluation Coordination
  • Partnering with Student Leaders
  • Appendices, including
    • Staff Survey Prompts
    • Planning at a Glance
    • TPEP WACs and RCWs
    • Leadership Frameworks Rubrics
    • Summative Scoring

Directly Aligned to Evaluation Criteria

Of the five state-approved instructional and leadership frameworks, AWSP's is the only one directly aligned with Washington's new evaluation criteria (see diagram at right and click/tap to expand).



History of the Framework

With the establishment of state standards in 1992, AWSP recognized that student achievement would become the primary measure of a school's effectiveness. 

Since then, a significant shift has taken place--a shift that has required the evolution of new school cultures, the understanding of new roles for teachers and the development of new student accountability performance standards established and measured outside of the classroom. 

Pivotal to the success of this shift is a new type of principal leadership. With this in mind, AWSP assembled a task force of more than 20 principals to analyze this new type of leadership and create a new set of principal responsibilities to match it.

The goal was to create a document showing the interrelationship between these responsibilities and district policies and practices. The task force realized that, as the principals' work changed, the districts' principal evaluation models would also need to change in order to provide the support critical for these school leaders. 

The task force developed a Statement of Accountability to guide its work: "Student achievement in a performance-based school is a shared responsibility involving the student, family, educators and the community. The principal's leadership is essential. As leader, the principal is accountable for the continuous growth of individual students and increased school performance as measured over time by state standards and locally determined indicators." 

Out of its work, the task force developed seven leadership responsibilities for principals. Also generated were examples of corresponding components that allow principals to successfully carry out those specific responsibilities. 

In 2010, AWSP's seven leadership responsibilities became the foundation for a new set of criteria for principal evaluation in Washington state. An eighth criterion, "Closing the Gap," was added by the Legislature that same year. 

Required Framework Trainings

Looking for the framework trainings required to evaluate teachers? How about to evaluate your APs? Check out the TPEP Events calendar on the OSPI website.

Leadership Framework

Nearly all the state's 295 school districts have adopted the AWSP Leadership Framework.


User's Guide

AWSP has created a User's Guide to accompany the Framework. Its purpose is to assist principals and their evaluators with the evaluation process.