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April 22, 2013

NA-FC superintendent’s evaluation criteria debated

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“Where you were last year becomes the baseline for next year,” Boone said. “That’s effective. If we’re already at 82 [percent], we’re saying 80 percent is highly effective, all you have to do is maintain.”

Hibbard said that works in a lot of settings, but education is more complex than that. He said scores often fluctuate with nuances in the student population, including whether they’ve been with the district all their lives, are just moving in, or have other issues that affect their learning.

“... We’re not dealing with widgets,” Hibbard said. “Every class is different. The student population changes. And again, I’m all about accountability. I’ve been here four years, that’s what I’ve been about. But the truth is to evaluate somebody ... is the instrument fair and thoughtful?”

But the tests in the evaluation only make up about a third of his total score. The board will also evaluate Hibbard on his leadership and goal attainment, which will account for about 60 percent of the score.

The board also came to a consensus on broadening the steps between effective and highly effective ratings from 2 percent to 5 percent. 

The board also hasn’t set a date for finishing the evaluation tool or when Hibbard will be evaluated.

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