What’s good for the goose apparently isn’t for the gander

What’s good for the goose — educators in this case — apparently isn’t good for the gander — top administrators at New York City’s Education Department.

The Wall Street Journal reports in this story that at the same time that city education officials were pushing controversial new evaluations for teachers and principals and insisting that educators must be held accountable, the people who run the department weren’t getting formal job assessments. The paper filed a 2012 public records request seeking evaluations of the department’s senior staff and got an answer.

In a response dated June 11, the department’s public-records officer said no evaluations had been created since at least 2001 for the following positions: chancellor, chief of staff, chief academic officer, senior deputy chancellor, chief schools officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, deputy chancellor and general counsel. Mr. Bloomberg has appointed three permanent chancellors.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told The Journal that he informally evaluated his staff daily, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg evaluated him. As for teachers, Walcott was quoted as saying:

They’re in front of the classroom and teaching our children, and we need to have a sense of how well they’re doing. With us, we’re not teaching children directly, we’re setting policy. And I don’t think it’s hypocritical at all.

Think again, chancellor.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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