The new Principal came up through the ranks. He understood what went into making a good teacher and he really wanted to be an effective administrator. I so wanted to believe him and then he told me about his school.
The first thing the Principal told me was that 87% of his staff was rated either effective or highly effective. And, although he knew how these ratings were arrived at,, he didn't seem to care. He talked about the 62% graduation rate at his school and gave me the impression he would do whatever was necessary to raise this statistic.
I felt discouraged after my meeting with this Principal. He worked his way up in the system but he was still a Leadership Academy graduate. Stats were all that mattered