Results show Indiana has highly effective educators

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – More than 87 percent of Indiana’s educators are either effective or highly effective, according to Department of Education teacher evaluation results.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, said in a press release the she is encouraged by these numbers.

“For the most part, they confirm what we already knew — that public schools throughout Indiana are filled with effective and highly effective teachers,” said Ritz. “Research shows that highly effective educators are exactly the type of leaders that can turn schools around and increase school performance.

The Department of Education reported that less than three percent of educators were deemed ineffective or need improvement from last school year. The other 10 percent remaining did not receive an evaluation due to circumstances, such as resignation or retirement.

Legislation passed in 2011 mandating each district to perform annual reviews for all teachers and administrators, and each district can decide how the evaluations are done. Some education policy experts say the results are unrealistic and shows that some schools aren’t taking the rating system seriously.

Ritz said, however, they also show us where that state can improve.

“For example, when comparing the data by school performance grades A to F, there is an increase in the percentage of educators who fall within the improvement necessary and ineffective categories and the percentage that do not receive a final rating, indicating a retention concern in our lower performing schools,” said Ritz.

Ritz said the evaluation showed 32 percent of teachers in A schools are rated as highly effective, in comparison to just 11 percent in schools that received an F grade.

“Highly effective educators are vital to school turnaround and my Department will be working to address this gap moving forward,” Ritz said.

The data, which includes educator effectiveness broken down by school corporation and school, can be found at Indiana Department of Education’s website.

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