Standardized Testing For Everyone Except Wardynski

Robinson Wardynski

Remember back with Dr. Moore was our superintendent? It was an interesting time right there toward the end of her tenure. It was “clear” that Huntsville City Schools was in trouble. It was also clear that the board was looking for nearly anyone to take the blame for that trouble other than themselves.

And yet, at Dr. Moore’s final evaluation, the board gave her a perfect evaluation. Not only that, but at the previous evaluation in 2009 (before everyone was aware of the issues facing the system), she also received, you guessed it, a perfect evaluation.

Strange, don’t you think?

Dr. Robinson thought it was strange as well. In fact, she said as much in May of 2010. She complained that, “if we have an instrument that does not permit us to accurately evaluate the superintendent, I think there’s a problem.”

That’s right, Dr. Robinson, defender extraordinaire of the new Superintendent and all of his work to change the culture of our system by forcing strict evaluation of teachers based on student performance on standardized testing scores, was two years ago complaining about the failure of a standardized test for Dr. Moore.

So she criticizes standardized testing when it doesn’t suit her purpose (to get rid of Dr. Moore), and she specifically volunteers to develop a personalized evaluation test for Dr. Wardynski to convince the city that he is in fact worth, in her words, “every penny.”

Dr. Robinson developed these standards of evaluation specifically for him with specific input from him concerning what and how he should be evaluated.

So let’s follow the logic here for a minute.

  • Standardized testing is flawed when it comes to evaluating Dr. Moore. (It was flawed in 2009 and again in 2010 even though nothing was done to change it during the intervening year.)
  • Since standardized testing was flawed with Dr. Moore, the evaluation tool we use for Dr. Wardynski must be personalized to him and by him.
  • However, Dr. Wardynski’s constant claims that standardized testing is the only way for teachers to know how well their students are performing in the classroom are in no way hypocritical. We should simply realize that like the double standard in hiring and salaries (and bonuses before employees even start), means that there must be a double standard in evaluation of those employees.

So we have two standards when people raise issues about professional misconduct, two standards for complaints about employees, two standards for hiring policies, and two standards for evaluation. Our superintendent has the benefit of having an evaluation that was designed specifically for him. In fact, he had significant input into the method of evaluation that would be used.

If he fails his evaluation, he won’t get an additional $10,000. I’m sure that will be just terrible for him.

If our kids fail their evaluation, they’re marked for life, and their teachers are threatened or fired.

It must be nice to be able to evaluated on your strengths rather than others’ weaknesses.

A “strong leader” leads by example, not by hypocrisy.

"Children see magic because they look for it." --Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Jesus' childhood pal.


  1. “So we have two standards when people raise issues about professional misconduct, two standards for complaints about employees, two standards for hiring policies, and two standards for evaluation.”

    And not one way to evaluate, complain, or critique the Board of Education, except the ballot box.

    “If our kids fail their evaluation, they’re marked for life, and their teachers are threatened or fired.”

    And if taxpayers complain about it they are treated like dirt.

  2. school sscores for the standardized tests are going to be put in the paper and individual teaxher scores per classroom are going to be on the huntsville city website.

    1. John,
      You’re correct. Wardynski has been crowing about doing this for about 3 months now. While I agree that a parent should be able to see how his or her own child is doing, it is not a fair assessment of a teacher or a school to look at the overall scores. Test scores are one single form of assessment. They are not the only one, nor are they the most accurate one. Look at composite scores of that nature is not a fair assessment of the educational performance of the school or the teacher.

      He’s attempting to make teaching as simple and mindless as test proctoring. The students will be left to sink or swim on their own. And we’re left holding the bill for his “services.”

  3. In my personal experience with this super it is very apparent that his ego trumps everything. He has a closed door policy that ignores employee concerns even when personal safety is at risk. As someone who dared question policy I can attest to blowback and consequences of questioning any actions of this administration. The mantra repeated daily by administrators is “raise test scores or your contract will not be renewed.” Thank you Mr. Winn for telling the truth for no local media seems interested.

    1. I have had extensive experiences with Dr. Wardynski’s ego as well. For someone as “accomplished” as he is, he is astonishingly insecure. I believe that comes from attempting to do something that he is completely ill-prepared to do. If he weren’t actively destroying our schools and abusing our teachers, administrators and staff, I might actually feel sorry for him.

      But he is, so I don’t.

      Thank you for your thanks, but the real thanks goes to people like yourself, our teachers and staff members who are working in insane circumstances for a classical bully, and yet y’all continue despite the threats and intimidation because you care about the kids and education in general. Y’all are the ones who are really telling and standing up for the truth.

      Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

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