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ERIC Number: ED535616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Overhauling Indiana Teacher Evaluation Systems: Examining Planning and Implementation Issues of School Districts. Education Policy Brief, Volume 10, Number 4, Summer 2012
Cole, Cassandra M.; Robinson, James N.; Ansaldo, Jim; Whiteman, Rodney S.; Spradlin, Terry E.
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University
As one part of a broad reform package, the 2011 Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act 001 (Public Law 90), a bill that significantly changed the way Indiana teachers will be evaluated and compensated. An earlier Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) policy brief, "Revamping the Teacher Evaluation Process" (Whiteman, Shi, & Plucker, 2011), provides an extensive review of this law and the various evaluation models available to school districts to use. School districts throughout Indiana worked extensively during the 2011-12 school year, with guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, to put together evaluation plans that align with the legislation. This brief is the first of a two-part series that will explore how Senate Enrolled Act 001 is being operationalized across Indiana school districts. In February 2012, a survey was sent to Indiana superintendents to gauge their attitudes and beliefs about the legislation. The findings, which are discussed in this brief, found that superintendents (a) agreed that the evaluation process in Indiana needed to change, (b) believed that student achievement and growth can be measured, (c) agreed that evaluations should be linked to student learning, (d) were less sure that teacher evaluations should be linked to compensation, (e) believed that evaluations should inform professional development, and (f) were concerned about the implementation of the new system/models and needed professional development. This brief also discusses the features of quality evaluation plans and introduces essential elements of a planning process that ensures equitable, effective, and efficient plans for evaluating educators. The second brief, which will be released in fall 2012, will present challenges and implications of Public Law 90 for professional development, policy, and teacher education programs. (Contains 8 tables and 8 web resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Indiana