On Tuesday evening, Mount Diablo Unified’s chief is scheduled to meet with his bosses to talk about the job he's doing. In a routine performance evaluation, the district’s governing board will review how well Steven Lawrence is running Contra Costa County’s biggest school district. Is he earning his $250,000 a year?
Apart from that salary, the numbers aren't great. MDUSD has failed to meet its adequate yearly progress, or AYP, which is how the federal government measures the success of school districts under No Child Left Behind. And according to the most recent data from the California Department of Education, MDUSD students are underperforming their counterparts in the county and the rest of the state on standardized tests. Not long ago, the state school boss said MDUSD was in danger of not meeting its upcoming financial obligations. To be fair, to be the superintendent of a large school district in California.
What do you think? What grade does Lawrence deserve after being on the job for more than two years?