It looks like grade inflation on student tests isn’t the only issue where “Lake Woebegon” effects are alive and well in our education system.
That name refers to humorist Garrison Keelor’s mythical town where all children are above average. The name has been associated for some time with inflated test score results, but up until now it has only been applied to student performances.
Now, a new Lake Woebegon effect has been discovered, and this time it is the scores that tenured teachers get on their annual evaluations that are in question. The resulting overly rosy picture can have adverse effects for both teachers and students as things like improvement training, granting of tenure, and granting of bonuses are all impacted.
Read about this new feel good inflationary system in our public schools here.