Indiana Teacher Evaluations Show Vast Majority `Effective’

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The second year of Indiana's new system for evaluating teachers has found that the vast majority of the state's educators were certified as doing their jobs effectively.

Data posted on the Indiana Department of Education's website shows that less than 0.5 percent of teachers were rated “ineffective'' during the 2013-14 school year, about the same as the previous year.

An “ineffective'' rating could place those teachers at risk of being fired.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1Al3Tne ) that a slightly greater share of teachers, about 2 percent, were rated in the second-lowest of four categories, called “improvement necessary.''

The percentage of educators in the top category, rated “highly effective,'' dropped from 35 percent to 26 percent, but nearly all of those whose rating declined were rated “effective,'' the next-highest category.

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  Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com