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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.

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