Teacher Evaluation

Bonuses Inconsistent With Teacher Performance Statewide

Feb 22, 2017


Heather Peacock is part of a family of educators.

“Both my sister and sister-in-law are teachers,” she says.

The three of them teach in different school districts in the Indianapolis area: Zionsville, Perry Township, and Wayne Township, where Peacock works. Right before the holidays, they all received their state-issued bonuses for being good teachers.

Report: Indiana’s Teacher Evaluation Law Needs Update

Jan 10, 2017

Researchers studying Indiana methods for evaluating teacher performance say districts should develop clearer and more consistent reviews.

As part of an ongoing project to help schools meet a state law that changed teacher evaluations in Indiana, a research group spent the last four years studying how districts measure and deliver feedback to their teachers. The group is based at the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at Indiana University and led by researches Hardy Murphy and Sandi Cole,

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One legislative leader says he expects a bill to decouple ISTEP+ scores from teacher evaluations to pass during the first few weeks of the legislative session.

Indianapolis Representative Bob Behning who heads the House education committee, says a bill that would allow schools to remove ISTEP+ scores from a teacher’s evaluation rubric is expected to pass through an expedited process the first few weeks of the session.

Behning says the General Assembly wants to make sure teachers aren’t negatively affected by test technology troubles or lower scores.

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An Indianapolis-based education organization is recommending steps to change the way Indianapolis Public School teachers are evaluated for job performance.

Teach Plus Indianapolis collected data from five focus groups that looked at the rollout of teacher evaluations since 2012.

Executive Director Caitlin Hannon says teachers want to be evaluated, but they want those evaluations to be fair and objective.

Bosma Expects Bill To Change ISTEP To Receive A Hearing

Mar 30, 2015
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House Republicans are pondering whether to plunge ahead with a bill to replace the ISTEP exam.

The Senate voted 46-to-3 for a bill that would abolish ISTEP after next year‘s test and replace it with something shorter and easier to grade in 2017.

Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says House Republicans agree with the goals of making ISTEP less costly and less time-consuming.


Indiana’s school principals changed the way they evaluate their teachers two years ago – and it’s been no secret that not everyone likes the modified evaluation system.

But a new study shows teachers tend to be a bit more skeptical about the system than the administrators in their buildings.

Teachers are now evaluated annually, and much of the process is left up to each individual school district.


Indiana education officials are trying to decide whether they should incorporate student test scores into teacher evaluations this year.

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing states to decide how test scores play into teacher performance ratings and many states are opting to wait another year before making any final decisions.

Many states are in a transition period when it comes to academic standards.

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As a new school year begins, it’s not just students who have homework due. Hoosier school corporations are required to submit new teacher evaluation programs to the state Department of Education by next month.

Some legislators are concerned about the effectiveness of the evaluations. They met Tuesday for a summer study committee to hear from the state Department of Education about its plan.

TSC adopts teacher evaluation model

Jun 14, 2012

The Tippecanoe School Corporation has a new model for evaluating educators.

The district board agreed to a set of standards for assessing teacher performance.

Indiana is requiring all districts to adopt an evaluation standard. 

The state’s version is called RISE. 

Assistant Superintendent Susan DeLong says while T-S-C’s model falls in line with state standards, it’s tailored more specifically to the needs of the corporation.

Corporations can use the state version, an adapted version, or their own model which is subject to review.

WLCSC Prepares New Teacher Evaluation Model

Mar 13, 2012

A new model for evaluating teachers in West Lafayette is taking shape.

The district is submitting its proposal for gauging educators’ performance to the state Department of Education, according to reforms enacted last year.

Superintendent Rocky Killion thinks the model will help improve the quality of teaching in West Lafayette.

School districts are required to adopt teacher evaluation models by this summer.  They can create their own, adapt one based on Indiana’s RISE model, or use the RISE model as is.