let me get this straight: american public schools have problems. policy makers blame poor teachers for many of the problems. so states attempt to evaluate teachers so they can find the poor teachers and take action against them.
but then once the evaluation system is up and running it finds that 97-98% of the teachers perform at or above effective levels. education reform people seem to think this means that teachers weren't evaluated properly. but isn't it just as likely that teachers aren't as big of a problem as policy-makers has assumed them to be? and if policy-makers won't budge from the "bad teacher" hypothesis no matter what new information they get, why should anyone listen to them?