The Boston public schools has rated 92 percent of all teachers as proficient or exemplary under a new evaluation system, according to a School Department analysis that officials held up as evidence most students are receiving quality instruction.
But in a city where thousands of students struggle immensely and in many cases quit school, the large number of teachers receiving high ratings is raising questions about whether principals and other administrators are judging teachers too lightly.
“Do we kind of have the equivalent of grade inflation?” said Meg Campbell, a School Committee member who runs a charter school in Dorchester. “If we are all proficient, it’s hard not to be self satisfied. . . . I do get worried the whole district is 92 percent [proficient or exemplary] when we have so many issues we are facing.”
School officials defended the system.
“The system, we think, is working,” said Ross Wilson, assistant superintendent of the office of educator effectiveness. “The purpose was to identify what is happening in the workforce to make sure we have the best teacher in every classroom and principal in every building.”
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