14th November 2012
Every teacher and principal in the Hazel Park School District’s four elementary schools, junior high and high school were given “highly effective” ratings in 2011-12 by administrators despite district-wide failing grades for student achievement.
The state of Michigan gave Hazel Park High School an “F” for student achievement in 2011-12 in all four of the measured subjects — reading, science, social studies and math. Yet every teacher was given the highest rating in the new state-mandated evaluation of teachers.
The obvious question is ‘Effective at what?’
The obvious answer is ‘Hiring and paying government workers.’
Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy raises its ugly head once again.
Or maybe it’s just something in the water in Michigan. That could be, too.