Indiana raises ‘highly effective’ bar

Under Indiana’s new evaluation system, a “highly effective” principal would run a school in which most students show 1.5 years of growth in one year, reports the Indianapolis Star. In addition, the school would need to rank in the top 20 percent statewide in academic growth and average 95 percent attendance or better.

The teacher evaluation process hasn’t been released, but it will have a similarly high bar to earn the “highly effective” rating.

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  1. Mark Roulo says:

    6 × 1.5 = 9.

    Does this mean that most students in a “highly effective” K-5 school (six years total) would have taken algebra in 5th grade?

  2. Let me get this straight: If the third graders end up doing all of third grade and half of fourth grade, will that be taken into account? Or will they all end up repeating half a year when they start fourth grade? Sounds like a good way to dull student motivation in the long term unless they’ve got a plan for schools that accomplish this on a regular basis.

    I’m all for high expectations, but this one sounds like only a very few will ever be able to do it, which isn’t really motivating for the troops. They need to believe that they can reach the goals from their own effort. For administrators, if their own effort only goes so far and then they have to hope that a bunch of other schools aren’t as good as theirs is, I’m not sure that will help the whole system improve.

    Indiana does need to raise their highly effective bar, there’s no question. I’d rather see a standard bar of excellence that doesn’t pit schools against each other.

  3. I read recently that my state is going to a “value added” system to rate teachers. I found this fascinating since they’re actually eliminating tests in response to bugetary constraints. Somebody needs to tell them that div by 0 results in a null value.