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Educator Evaluation/Teacher Performance Grants/Accountability Update
December 18, 2015
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Ritz, Pence, Lawmakers Reach Deal on Educator Evaluations

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In the wake of the latest ISTEP testing controversy, Governor Mike Pence, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the leadership in the Indiana General Assembly have reached an agreement on how to handle teacher performance evaluations.

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Ritz, Pence, Lawmakers Reach Deal on Educator Evaluations

  1. 1. Educator Evaluation/Teacher Performance Grants/Accountability Update December 18, 2015 I am pleased to share that over the last several weeks the leadership in the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor's Office, State Board of Education, and the leadership from the Indiana Department of Education have been collaborating over several important issues facing our educators, schools, communities and state. We are all determined to work together to achieve the following goals: 1. "Un-coupling" the 2014-2015 ISTEP+ results from the educator evaluation system. 2. Ensuring the $30 Million Teacher Performance Grant is distributed on a fair basis. 3. Recommending placement of the state's A-F grades to mitigate the impact of the assessment on schools and corporations experienced from the '14-15 transition year while maintaining accountability. There are many details within each of these goals that are still undetermined, however based on assurances from legislative leadership, the Governor's Office, and the State Board of Education there have been some definitive decisions made, and those include the following: 1. Individual Growth Measure (IGM) and Negative Impact will not be released as scheduled on December 18, 2015. 2. Teacher Performance Grant amounts will not be released as scheduled on December 21, 2015. 3. Rather, there will be legislative action related to each of the above goals early in the 2016 Session of the Indiana General Assembly. Furthermore, the Department and State Board of Education are continuing to investigate the issues recently raised in the media about the validity of some of the Part 1 ISTEP+ scores. Please know that we are working with all stakeholders to ensure the scores are valid, accurate, and reflect the hard work of our students, educators and schools. We will continue to communicate as quickly as possible when new information is available, as we are well aware that you need answers to many related impacts to the decisions that will be forthcoming. As such we have set up two additional means for communication. First, we have established a unique site at http://www.doe.in.gov/update <http://cl.exct.net/?ju=fe3b16747562057d751271&ls=fdc715737666047e721c72776d&m=fef31073726 d01&l=fe9917797665057c71&s=fdec157372620d757d117374&jb=ffcf14&t=> where we will provide the most up to date information. In addition, we have created a direct email account for any questions at updates@doe.in.gov<mailto:accassesstpgee@doe.in.gov>.

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