Results of last year’s teacher evaluations have been released.
The Indiana Department of Education reports that here in Vigo County Schools, 99 percent of teachers were in the top two ratings of highly effective or effective.
The evaluations are part of a 2011 state law requiring school districts to evaluate teachers and then use that data to determine compensation.
Before the new evaluations, teacher pay was largely based on years of service.
In Vigo County 37 percent of teachers were said to be highly effective with 62 percent deemed effective.
Just 1 percent were ranked and needing improvement or as ineffective.
Student test scores are also used to determine teacher compensation.
Each county gets to decide just how much evaluations and student test scores count in determining teacher.
Vigo County Schools have already been working with teachers that ranked as needing improvement or were unsatisfactory.
Those teachers didn’t get a pay raise and if they don’t improve they might not be teaching for much longer.
Statewide, 87 percent teachers were “highly effective” or “effective,” and just over 2 percent were rated in the “improvement necessary” category, and less than 0.04 percent were rated as “ineffective.”
For complete evaluation results from the state follow this link: