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Indiana Teacher Evaluations: Unfair?
posted by: Ruthie | April 10, 2014, 07:54 PM   

"I find it hard to believe that a system of evaluation where only a handful of people are said to need improvement is accurate or effective," said Gordon Hendry, an at-large education board member. "Clearly, the system failed."

While legislation mandated that each district conduct an annual review of educators, each district has the ability to choose their method of assessment.

Accord to the data, 88% of teachers were rated effective or highly effective, only about 2% reported needing improvement, and less than 1% were deemed ineffective. Amazingly, schools with failing grades reported only a few or no educators as needing improvement or being ineffective; and several districts rated every teacher and administrator as "effective," with no teachers in the lower two categories. Only teachers deemed “effective” or “highly effective” are eligible for raises.

While this issue is complex, the system is clearly not providing meaningful feedback to educators. According to AAE membership surveys, teachers welcome accountability and ways to improve and grow from their evaluation process. How can that be taking place in Indiana if all teachers are essentially receiving the same rating?

Do you think Indiana’s evaluation system is effective?
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