Hinojosa was graded on students’ academic achievement, his fiscal management, his relationship with the school board and stakeholder satisfaction. At a work session Wednesday, Hinojosa was presented with his score: 83.75 percent.
“I’m pretty pleased,” he said of his results.
Hinojosa was disappointed with the number of students who enrolled in Advanced Placement classes. He was hoping more students would have enrolled and scored well, but he is determined to get more students to take and do well in college-level courses in the coming year.
Hinojosa was hoping to have 30.5 percent of students participate in AP classes in 2013, but he fell just short of that goal with 30 percent participation, according to his evaluation. He hoped to have at least 68.8 percent of the AP students pass the tests associated with the courses, and again he came close, with 68 percent, but didn’t quite measure up to his own goals.
Hinojosa previously declined to reveal the scores that the board members gave him in November, after all seven of them privately wrote up individual evaluations of his job performance.
When asked why he didn’t reveal the board’s evaluation, Hinojosa told the MDJ, “I work for the board, I don’t work for the public.”
The board’s evaluation of the superintendent only counted for 15 percent of his total evaluation.
Academic achievement, which includes student AP participation, counts for 50 percent of his total evaluation.
Board members excited for potential for growth
School board members were excited about the tangible numbers presented in the evaluation.
“For me this is a momentous occasion. When I first got on this board, there was no quantifiable way to measure the superintendent’s achievement,” member David Morgan said. “In the past, it’s all been personality-driven. This is a great indicator that we are serious about holding our superintendent accountable.”
Board member Tim Stultz asked Hinojosa what he thought about his grade.
Hinojosa was proud of the high school graduation rate, which increased from 73.4 percent in 2011 to 76.5 percent in 2013.
He said because Cobb was already such a high-performing school district, it was difficult to improve by a significant margin each year.
The board approved a new method for evaluating the superintendent in 2012. This is the first year an evaluation has been given for Hinojosa, who became Cobb superintendent in June 2011. The district has already started preparing for his next evaluation, to be revealed in January 2015, Hinojosa said.