Teacher ratings released


Third grade teacher Kara Siner performs a science experiment using different types of candy Thursday at Sugar Grove Elementary School. Center Grove schools are using the time added to each day to make up for snow days to give students extra help. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

More than 90 percent of the teachers and principals at four Johnson County school districts are preparing students with the skills needed to succeed in college and their careers, according to the first-ever results of required statewide teacher evaluations.

About 94 percent of the 976 teachers, principals and other educators at Clark-Pleasant, Edinburgh, Franklin and Greenwood schools were rated highly effective or effective on evaluations during the 2012-2013 school year, according to data from the Indiana Department of Education. The ratings indicate that school officials found that their teachers regularly create multiple, in-depth lessons for students, track how well students understand math and language arts lessons and find ways to help students who don’t understand what they are taught the first time.

Under the Indiana law, school districts evaluated teachers and administrators using the scale provided by the department of education or their own scale if approved by the state. Teachers’ evaluations are based on goals they created for how much they wanted their students to learn during the school year, about two hours of scheduled and unscheduled classroom observations, students’ ISTEP scores and the letter grade the school received by the state.

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