CEEP released two policy briefs this week.
The 2011 Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that significantly changed the way Indiana teachers will be evaluated and compensated. An earlier 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 worked during the 2011-12 school year to put together evaluation plans that align with the legislation. "Overhauling Indiana Teacher Evaluation Systems: Examining Planning and Implementation Issues of School Districts" is the first of a two-part series exploring how Senate Enrolled Act 001 is being implemented across Indiana school districts. The brief includes the results of a survey of superintendents. It also presents 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 will be released later in the fall, and will present challenges and implications of Public Law 90 for professional development, policy, and teacher education programs.
"The Evolution of Indiana’s School Accountability System" reviews the history of Indiana education reform efforts over the past 25 years, and includes a look at how these efforts may continue into the future. School accountability has been, and continues to be, the focus of these reform efforts at all levels of Indiana’s K-12 system. The brief includes the different perspectives of four current education leaders in the state. The brief also offers several conclusions and recommendations to guide future discussions.