If every teacher and every principal in the district is rated "highly effective", the schools must be awesome, right?
One would certanly think that:
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.
A state law in 2011 ordered schools to rate teachers and administrators by using one of four ratings: highly effective, effective, minimally effective and ineffective.
Every teacher and principal in the Hazel Park district received the highest evaluation despite student achievement getting an “F” from the state in 10 of the 16 measured categories in the four elementary schools and in the junior high and high schools.
Hazel Park Junior High registered a “C” in reading and was the only school not to get a “D” or “F” among the six buildings.
Shirley Atcho, secretary to Superintendent James Meisinger, said the superintendent had no comment at this time.