Teacher Evaluation

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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.

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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.

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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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