A new commentary released today by the Bluegrass Institute reveals how the evaluations of school districts’ highest paid leaders fail to hold them accountable for their districts’ poor academic performance. (See news release here)
“Rewarding Failure: The Rubber-Stamping of Kentucky Superintendent Evaluations,” profiles the superintendent evaluations for the school districts in Jefferson, Carter, and Knox counties and Newport Independent for 2009. The report points out glaring oversights and failures to address persistent underperformance in those schools.
The evaluations, which were obtained through open records requests, reveal an alarming lack of detail and rarely mention poor academic performance.
For instance, while the Jefferson County Public Schools board praised Supt. Sheldon Berman, whose salary is $260,000 a year plus benefits, for his talent as “an engaging public speaker” and in the area of labor relations, thousands of children are getting left behind in the district’s 41 schools that failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2009.
Private sector job evaluations are usually based on measurable, quantifiable results. The same cannot be said for many of Kentucky’s superintendent evaluations.
Download the commentary here.