Report: 87 percent of Indiana teachers ‘effective’ or ‘highly effective’

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INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time, state education leaders released staff evaluation data for school districts across the state.

The data, compiled by the State Department of Education, ranks teachers and administrators from 1-ineffective to 4-highly effective. A bill passed by state legislators required districts to report evaluation scores to the state for public release.

Here’s the breakdown statewide:

  • 26.43 percent of educators ranked “highly effective”
  • 61.15 percent ranked “effective”
  • 2.03 percent ranked “improvement necessary”
  • 0.39 percent ranked “ineffective”

The report listed the remaining 10 percent of educators as not applicable or not evaluated, based on special circumstances like retirement or sick leave. It also did not include 60 districts, all of which negotiated new contracts before the bill passed, or charter and private schools schools statewide.

By law, school districts can choose their own evaluation model and must simply report their results to the state. That means these numbers do not reflect a single model of what makes a “highly effective” versus an “ineffective” educator.

The report also breaks down scores by districts’ accountability scores.

In schools with an “A” score, 32 percent of educators are considered highly effective. That number dropped to 11 percent in districts with an “F” score.

To see the breakdown and statewide results, click here:  Education evaluation data breakdown

You can also search by individual school on this map provided by the Department.

State leaders also provided a breakdown of scores based on which college or university the educator attended. To see how schools stacked up, click here: Educator Effectiveness Data by College

Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a statement upon release of the grades.

“I am encouraged by these numbers. However, they also show us where we can improve. … 32% of teachers in A schools are rated as highly effective, in comparison to just 11% in schools that received an F.  Highly effective educators are vital to school turnaround and my Department will be working to address this gap moving forward,” Ritz said.

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