Current Indiana state law requires ISTEP results to factor in to teacher evaluations, which affects their pay. Terre Haute Republican Jon Ford’s Senate Bill 35 would change that. If the bill passes, Indiana schools will be able to choose not to use ISTEP to evaluate their teachers.
Teachers’ unions and superintendents, including new state superintendent Jennifer McCormick, are supporting the bill, saying that the test is being used to measure things it wasn’t intended to measure and recent problems are making it nearly useless in assessing teacher performance. Detractors say the bill is an overreaction to the problems with ISTEP and there needs to be an objective way to assess teacher performance.
At Elevate Teachers, we understand that schools need a way to evaluate teachers, but we think that basing it on a standardized test doesn’t make sense or give the full picture of a teacher’s performance.
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