Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cheating our kids: poor performance = pay increase?

If your child's school district had only 11.6% of 11th grade students meeting the benchmark ACT score for math in 2008 and an embarrassing 9.2% in 2009, would say say there is work to do? With scores not much more impressive in other subjects would you say the superintendent deserved a perfect score on their performance evaluation?

Well, this is the case in Carter County Public Schools. Below are graphs indicating the percentage of 11th grade students meeting the ACT benchmark score in various subjects. The numbers are not flattering.

Despite these numbers, superintendent Darlene Gee was given rave reviews on her evaluations with ZERO mention of student performance. These evaluations were accompanied by salary increases. Significant increases...

Take a look at the evaluation for yourself...

This amounts to rewarding failure. Student performance is poor while the leader of the district continues to receive significant pay increases? How does that work?

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