New state data released yesterday shows that teachers across the listening area are effectively doing their jobs for the most part.
Yesterday’s release by the Indiana Department of Education marks the first time that teacher evaluation data has been either compiled or released to the public. A teacher in Indiana can be evaluated into 1 of 4 different categories. These are highly effective, effective, improvement necessary, or ineffective. The evaluations were implemented after legislation mandating them was passed back in 2011.
Across our listening area, the data is as follows:
Greater Jasper: 205 highly effective or effective, 1 improvement necessary
NE Dubois: All 66 teachers evaluated either highly effective or effective.
SW Dubois: 107 teachers highly effective or effective, 2 improvement necessary
SE Dubois: All 84 teachers evaluated either highly effective or effective.
North Spencer: 126 highly effective or effective, 6 improvement necessary, 1 ineffective.
Pike Co: 154 either highly effective or effective, 3 improvement necessary, 1 ineffective
Washington: 140 either highly effective or effective, 1 improvement necessary, 8 NA.
Loogootee: No records available
South Spencer: No data available for district evaluations (98 in all)
Perry Central: 65 highly effective or effective, 1 ineffective, 2 NA
Tell City: No records available
Cannelton: All 22 teachers evaluated effective
North Daviess: 73 either highly effective or effective, 2 NA
Shoals: 37 either highly effective or effective, 5 improvement necessary, and 1 ineffective.
In all, about 88 percent of teachers or administrators statewide were in the effective category. Only 2 percent were shown as needing improvement. About 10 percent of educators were exempted due to their district having not reopened teacher contracts since the legislation was passed.
Now some experts have questioned the evaluation data. They say the fact that only 2 percent of teachers statewide are listed as needing improvement shows that some schools aren’t taking the rating system seriously. Indiana Chamber of Commerce policy expert Derek Redelman says the evaluations could lead to school performance improving. However, he says some of the reported rankings are not realistic.