Statement issued by the Indiana Department of Education:
Six school corporations will lead the way as Indiana transitions to a system of locally developed teacher and principal evaluations based on multiple measures and partially informed by student performance data. The 2011-2012 Indiana Teacher Effectiveness Pilot will create a helpful blueprint for school leaders and teachers across the state seeking to take advantage of new opportunities created by Indiana’s “Putting Students First” education reforms.
“This is a diverse group of school corporations, each demonstrating a firm commitment to developing and implementing a fair evaluation process that recognizes and rewards our best educators,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “The administrators and teachers in these communities deserve credit for being the first to step forward.”
Fort Wayne Community School Corporation, Greensburg Community Schools and Bloomfield School District will pilot the new state evaluation model district wide. This state tool, called RISE, will use the criteria outlined in Senate Enrolled Act 1(SEA 1) to provide teachers useful feedback and meaningful professional development. Beech Grove City Schools, MSD Warren Township and Bremen Public Schools will pilot incorporating the new criteria into the local evaluation tools they already use.
These school corporations were selected based on their commitment and readiness to successfully implement annual evaluations that incorporate student growth data. All districts demonstrated strong school leadership and a unique collaborative working relationship at every level. In each community, local teachers expressed support for participation in the program and excitement to work with IDOE and school leadership.
Both RISE and the alternative models will be implemented during the 2011-2012 school year. A team of IDOE staff will provide guidance as schools develop and implement a local approach to new evaluation processes. Support will also be provided through The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all students have access to great educators in the classroom. School corporations across the state will track the progress of the pilot via an online learning community and reports published throughout the school year.
SEA 1 requires school corporations to develop annual educator evaluations based on multiple measures including student performance. The legislation also expands the criteria for awarding teachers pay raises by adding students’ needs, teachers’ leadership roles and student performance data to a list that previously included only years of performance and degrees held.
Read below for reaction from the superintendents whose school corporations will participate in the pilot. To read a final version of SEA 1 go to: www.in.gov/legislative.
Local Superintendent Quotes
“We developed a process that has been effective in turning around our 11 LEAD Schools that includes a four-step support system. Because of our relationship with the state, we signed on to pilot its Teacher Effectiveness rubric that is closely aligned to the evaluation tool we are already using. This will also give us the opportunity to validate our support system to improve instruction.” – Dr. Wendy Robinson, Superintendent, Fort Wayne Community School Corporation.
“Warren teachers and administrators are excited about the opportunity to be a state evaluation pilot. We believe our current instrument, developed and modified through collaboration with the Warren Education Association over the past decade or more, will adapt to the new system that features four categories. We are excited about the opportunity for the voice of teachers to be included in the potential instrument by which they will be evaluated.” – Dr. Peggy Hinckley, Superintendent, MSD Warren Township.
“Beech Grove City Schools is excited to be part of the DOE pilot to enhance teaching and learning in our school district. The pilot will provide the opportunity to be involved in the new model of staff evaluation from the ground floor. Our involvement will assist school districts throughout the entire state of Indiana.” – Dr. Paul Kaiser, Superintendent, Beech Grove City Schools.
“The goal is to carefully develop a teacher evaluation process and instrument, pilot the instrument and train the evaluators and teachers in the implementation. We are looking to develop a reliable and valid process and instrument that will provide data that can be transformed into meaningful information.” – Russ Mikel, Superintendent, Bremen Public Schools.