Self-evaluations by Michigan schools are meaningless, reports the Detroit News. Self-esteem has run amok.
One Detroit elementary, for example, gave itself a perfect score for its facilities despite being closed in October because it started sinking into the ground.
. . . Eighty-three percent of Michigan elementary and middle schools that failed federal achievement standards for at least four years — including schools in Detroit, Pontiac, Taylor and Utica — gave themselves A’s on self-evaluations worth a third of their overall grades, according to a Detroit News analysis of state report card data released earlier this month. The percentage is up from the previous year, when 70 percent of failing schools gave themselves the highest possible marks.
Administrators are giving themselves points for having programs to solve their school’s problems — even if the programs aren’t working. Two elementary schools that earned an F in English and a D in math gave themselves an A, which raised the schools’ average grade to a C. Both have been listed as failing schools for six years.
Eduwonk thinks external accountability might be a good idea.