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April 8, 2014

Most teachers 'highly effective' or 'effective'


Rep. Bob Behning, R-Noblesville, one of the authors of the 2011 law, said evaluation data demonstrates the need to have a uniform model.

“Allowing for local school districts to make their own determination about what model to use makes it palatable to educators,” Behning said. “But appears to me that results are less reliable.”

Behning noted the results varied widely. In some districts, more than two-thirds of teachers were rated as “Highly Effective,” while other districts rated all teachers simply as “Effective.” Even in schools with low student achievement, few teachers were rated as “Ineffective.”

Behning, A Republican who chairs the House Education Committee, said he’ll encourage legislators to revisit the 2011 educator evaluation law to include more uniform performance metrics.

“We want good teachers to know how much we appreciate their efforts,” Behning said. “We need to recognize quality and reward it.”

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