Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

April 7, 2014

New data show majority of Ind. teachers deemed effective

The vast majority of area teachers – 91.5 percent – are meeting the demands of the classroom and their students, according to new data released by the Indiana Department of Education this morning.

This is the first time data from teacher evaluations have been published, with 2012-13 evaluations showing about 87 percent of all Indiana teachers are considered “highly effective” or “effective” on the four-tier rating system. Two percent of teachers were rated “improvement necessary,” and 0.04 percent were rated “ineffective.”

For Howard, Tipton and Miami counties, 91.5 percent of teachers landed in the “highly effective” or “effective” range, 1.6 percent need improvement and 0.85 percent are ineffective. About 6.1 percent of area teachers were not evaluated, due to extended leaves or being hired midway through the school year.

Taylor Community School Corp. and Tri-Central Community School Corp. did not submit evaluation data to the IDOE because their current contracts did not require them to do so. Corporations with contracts set before the new evaluation requirements were passed do not have to comply with the regulations until they enter into a new contract.

While teachers’ ratings are now public, comparisons between corporations still do not come easily because each school district is left to determine its own definition of effective teaching.

The state mandated more rigorous evaluations of educators in 2011, putting into place the four-tier rating scale and tying merit pay and continued employment to teachers’ evaluations. The specifics of what criteria teachers would be evaluated on and how student test data factored into the equation was left up to each corporation. 2012-13 was the pilot year for corporations to try out their new evaluation systems.

The IDOE recommends corporations use the RISE evaluation system, and 115 school districts did. Another 60 used a modified version of RISE, 62 corporations created their own evaluation model, 39 used a different established evaluation model and 20 districts did not report what evaluation tool they used.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Floodgate trouble drops Lake Shafer by 20 inches A malfunction at a northern Indiana reservoir's dam has dropped the popular lake nearly 20 inches below its normal water level.

    August 22, 2014

  • Serena Youth Center seeking donations to furnish house The Serena Youth Center is looking for area businesses, churches and individuals to help furnish the center for the young women who will be living there. Kokomo’s first center for young women, ages 18 to 25, will soon open its doors, and the house on

    August 22, 2014

  • Water Color Class 06 Visual arts classes inspire adults to be creative Editor's note: This is one of several stories that will be published Sunday about how various groups are sharing their artistic talents with others. Eighty-six-year-old Dixie Bennett walked around her makeshift classroom inside Artworks Gallery Thurs

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Driver in Thursday crash cited for six traffic violations Kokomo police gave the driver of the jeep involved in Thursday afternoon’s crash on North Ohio Street six citations, including driving with a suspended driver’s license.

    August 22, 2014

  • 8 inches of overnight rain floods part of Indiana INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy rains that dumped more than half a foot of rain overnight in some places triggered widespread flooding Friday in some central and northern Indiana counties. State police closed a section of Interstate 69 in both directions

    August 22, 2014

  • Purdue Security Video Purdue posts disputed video of photographer online

    Purdue University has posted online a surveillance video that college newspaper editors say shows a staff photographer being roughed up by police near where a student had been fatally shot and stabbed. Purdue posted the vi

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sobriety checkpoints planned for today in Kokomo The Howard County Sheriff Department announced deputies will conduct a multi-jurisdictional enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Howard County today. Officers from the Kokomo Police Department and troopers from the Indiana State Polic

    August 22, 2014

  • Miami Co. jobless rate falls to 6-year low PERU – The unemployment rate in Miami County dropped to a six-year low in July but, despite the decrease, the county still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.Miami County’s unemployment rate slid from 7.2 percent in June to 6.9 pe

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS KT 082114 Debra Cook award LS Ivy Tech honors Debra Cook with Alumni Achievement Award Debra Cook had made up her mind to earn a master’s degree, though she knew it would be challenging while raising three children and working full-time.Ivy Tech Community College provided her the first step in achieving that goal, and earlier this mont

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • VFW commander injured in crash The post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1152 suffered head and other injuries when he crashed his motorcycle Wednesday evening on East Lincoln Road.A Kokomo Police Department accident report stated Kenneth A. Fisher, 67, was riding a

    August 22, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Hamm Talks Emmy Chances Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries