The Indiana Department of Education released educator effectiveness data (please see box) for the 2012-13 school year April 7, the first time such data has been gathered in Hoosier history. “The data show that over 87 percent of public school educators (teachers and administrators combined) were rated as either effective or highly effective, while only 3 percent were rated as either needs improvement or ineffective. The remaining 10 percent did not receive a final evaluation due to circumstances such as resignation or retirement,” according to a news release.
Glenda Ritz, state superintendent of public instruction, said, “I am 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. Research shows that highly effective educators are exactly the type of leaders that can turn schools around and increase school performance.”
She noted, “Thirty-two percent of teachers in A schools are rated as highly effective, in comparison to just 11 percent in schools that received an F. Highly effective educators are vital to school turnaround and my department will be working to address this gap moving forward.”
Dr. Jeff Hendrix, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. superintendent, said, “We have a lot of great teachers who work in our school system. They are very diligent and want to do what’s good for kids, and that’s shown by the statistics. Our teachers took the evaluation process very seriously. They worked hard to meet the domains, areas within their evaluations, and to perform to the highest level.”
He added, “I hope they take this as a wake-up call that our schools do perform well, and teachers are good at what they do. We do believe in accountability in public education .... (and) we’re not afraid to have our data out there for people to review. No school district is perfect. Not everyone is going to have highly effective and effective teachers, but we’re doing what we can to improve.”