Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 11, 2014

Most area teachers rated as effective

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When asked to comment on the ratings, superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts said, “The Batesville Community School Corp. is blessed to have outstanding educators who are dedicated to student success. The data demonstrates that our administrators believe our teachers to be effective in producing student learning and our actual student achievement information confirms that belief. Annually, our performance data places us at or near the top of all schools in the state.”

“I caution readers in attempting to make too many judgments with the information that has been made public. It is difficult to compare the data from school to school or from corporation to corporation due to the lack of a standardized process for evaluations. Unlike when our students in grades 3-8 take the ISTEP+, the same standardized test used throughout all school buildings in Indiana, teachers are evaluated by thousands of different administrators who are using many different evaluation instruments.”

Roberts reported evaluations will be a topic at the next Indiana State Board of Education meeting. “As our state officials review the data, I would ask for patience with the evaluation process as we are all learning how to do it better. The school year of 2012-13 was the first one for us with implementing a system that was very different for both teachers and administrators.”

Now that the educator effectiveness system is in place, Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith said the organization “calls on policymakers to refocus their collective attention on providing resources ... designed to help children learn.” The BCSC superintendent said he supports “any legislation that provides additional resources to teachers, classrooms and student programs. Specifically, I would support additional opportunities to provide paid professional development for our staff members. The structure of teacher contracts in Indiana leaves very little time for professional development as almost all of our staff members’ paid time is spent with students.”

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