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ERIC Number: ED565841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Report: Creating a Culture of Excellence in Indiana Schools
Indiana Department of Education
If Indiana schools are going to prepare students for success in the 21st century, administrators and teachers need to work together toward a shared vision of excellence in the classroom. Indiana's innovative pilot evaluation systems give educators the tools and common language they need to have honest conversations about their most important job: helping students learn. This requires a sustained and meaningful culture shift at the school level, especially in the way we envision the relationship between teachers and administrators. Indiana's evaluation pilot is informed by three core principles: (1) Teachers deserve to be treated like professionals; (2) Better evaluations give principals the tools they need to become instructional leaders; and (3) When teachers grow, students grow. Successful collaboration between administrators and teachers requires honesty, reflection, and a commitment to constant improvement. Educators of all experience levels will need to learn new skills and reevaluate how they spend their time. Meaningful change won't happen overnight, but throughout the evaluation pilot year administrators and teachers have been seen working together to make the kinds of instructional adjustments that can have a lasting, positive effect on student learning. Through a partnership with TNTP, the DOE has continued its pilot of new evaluation systems in six corporations throughout the state. This report focuses on the results from the year-long pilot. Based on the findings of this report, recommendations to consider when implementing a new evaluation system are provided. Appended are: (1) Pilot Corporation Profiles; and (2) Descriptions of Pilot Evaluation Systems.
Indiana Department of Education. State House Room 229, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Tel: 317-232-6610; Fax: 317-232-8004; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: TNTP; Indiana Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
IES Cited: ED544205