2015-01-13 / Front Page

Majority Of S-OCS, CCSC Teachers Rated As ‘Effective’ In IDOE Report

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

The vast majority of teachers who taught students in the Spencer-Owen and Cloverdale school systems were rated “effective” during a 2013-2014 school year evaluation process outlined by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).

The second annual evaluation is centered on a state teacher evaluation law using objective measures of student achievement and growth to provide each educator’s evaluation. The primary components of the evaluation model include planning, instruction, leadership and core professionalism. The process also looks at individual growth model data, school accountability grades and student learning objectives.

Based on designations of “highly effective,” “effective,” “improvement necessary” or “ineffective,” each teacher receives recommendations for improvement.

Brock Beeman, curriculum director for Spencer- Owen Community Schools (S-OCS), explained that each principal employed by the corporation is required to undergo training by the IDOE to certify each of them as an evaluator within their respective buildings.

“Teachers and administrators take the evaluation process and are working hard to improve at all levels to provide the best education we can,” he said. “The IDOE puts out a model plan for schools to follow, or the schools may make minor modifications, as long as it still meets requirements of the law. Teachers are observed multiple times during the course of the school year. All the administrators have been through the (evaluator training) process and have all received a certification from the State.”

As a corporation, S-OCS reported one teacher’s evaluation as not applicable, four ineffective, and two in need of improvement. Of the 158 teachers in the school system, 102 were rated as effective and 49 as highly effective.

The 26 teachers at Owen Valley High School were rated effective (18) and highly effective (eight). Spencer Elementary saw the same results, with 18 effective and eight highly effective ratings. Gosport Elementary had the lone not evaluated evaluation, but the remaining nine of 10 teachers were rated effective (three) and highly effective (six).

McCormick’s Creek Elementary had one ineffective evaluation reported and none said to be in need of improvement. The 17 remaining teachers at the school were rated effective.

Patricksburg Elementary had one teacher rated as ineffective and one as in need of improvement. The remaining eight teachers on staff were deemed effective.

“The information is misleading, because the way the State requires you to submit that information, it is submitted for last year. So it looks like all the folks who are in the mix are still on staff, but it could include people who opted to retire, people who resigned, or a variety of situations that could have happened where that person is not here,” Beeman explained. “Anyone who receives a rating of ‘needs improvement’ or ‘ineffective’ is placed on a remediation or improvement plan to see how they progress and then a determination is made on future employment. The plan can’t exceed 90 days and at the end of the plan, they do another evaluation and make a determination of future employment.”

For the Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC), three teachers were listed as not evaluated, while no teachers were rated as ineffective, and just one as being in need of improvement.

At the elementary, one teacher was not evaluated, while 16 were rated as effective and 17 as highly effective.

Cloverdale Middle School had two not evaluated for last school year and one teacher rated as being in need of improvement. A total of 15 teachers were listed as effective, with the remaining 13 rated as highly effective.

Of the high school’s 29 teachers, 25 were rated effective and three as highly effective. One teacher was not evaluated.

Reasons given for some teachers not being evaluated included: deceased, Family Medical Leave Act, no longer with the corporation, other, or retired.

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