Random thoughts.


The story in the Chicago Tribune this morning about teacher assessment of school leadership grabbed my attention.

I immediately looked up the approval ratings of the administrators in my old school district in Park Ridge.

My last school, Carpenter, had school leadership with an approval rating of 69%

Field: 37%

Washington: 52%

Roosevelt: 27%

Franklin: 37%

Emerson Middle: 41%

Lincoln Middle: 29%

That’s just awful.

I called an old colleague of mine who told me that the union local is in negotiations for a contract that expires this coming summer.

“We took our own survey of members,” he told me. “Morale is low.”

“Ninety percent of our members tell us that they are working harder than they were four years ago, with no additional contract time to do it and no sense that it is appreciated.”

I can tell you we always worked hard. By “harder” they mean they have tons more to do with less time to do it.

13 Replies to “Random thoughts.”

  1. The school they used as a comparative to bolingbrook made no sense. How do you compare a school of bolingbrook’s size to a school with a staff of ten like devry? More ridiculous reporting.

    1. Right. Comparisons don’t work with this data. When teachers were asked to evaluate their school leadership they were not asked to do it as compared to somewhere else.

      1. Teachers who fear their responses may not be completely anonymous will be afraid to give negative feedback, skewing the results toward the positive, and making the results inaccurate.

  2. If a teacher or other employee is asked to evaluate an administrator who can find out who they are, that teacher could later find themselves SB7ed.

      1. Could be. Maybe some schools that scored high have repressive, abusive administrations and teachers afraid for their jobs. Maybe the real number is 80 per cent.
        The thing is, without knowing the procedure for collecting responses, it’s hard to know how valid the results are. Does anyone know how this survey was administered? Was it an on-line thing? Paper ballots passed out and then collected? Paper ballots slipped into a shoe box? Who tallied the count? Was the procedure uniform or did each school do its own thing?

      1. There are a few, but fewer and fewer as many are retiring or otherwise fleeing as soon as they can. Good ones, (who refuse orders to give false bad evaluations to good teachers), know they now have a target on their own back. When they leave, they are replaced with hatchet persons eager to throw good teachers under the bus.

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