Experts question Indiana teacher evaluations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Education policy experts say results of the first Indiana teacher evaluations that rank only 2 percent as needing improvement show some schools aren’t taking the rating system seriously.

The Department of Education on Monday released results from the 2012-13 school year that rated about 88 percent of teachers and administrators as either effective or highly effective.

Legislation passed in 2011 mandated each district conduct an annual review for all teachers and administrators. Each district can choose how to conduct the evaluations.

About 10 percent of educators were exempt because their district has not reopened teacher contracts since the law was passed.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce policy expert Policy Derek Redelman says evaluations could improve school performance, but some of the reported rankings are “unrealistic.”


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