Over at the blog Indy Democrat, my friend and teacher Jon Easter suggests the numbers are to be celebrated.
About 10 percent of educators were exempt, some because their districts have not reopened teacher contracts since the law was passed.
Legislation passed in 2011 mandated each district conduct an annual review for all teachers and administrators. Only teachers in the higher two brackets are eligible for salary increases.
[N]o educators at Northern Indiana's F-rated Chamberlain Elementary School in Goshen were ranked below effective, and only one at D-rated Chandler Elementary School was reported as needing improvement.
"We didn't think it was possible for a D or F school to say all teachers are effective or highly effective," State House Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning said. "We thought (the school ratings) would keep schools somewhat a little more honest."
Educators in some school districts were uniformly rated as "effective."
Only one person was ranked "ineffective" from North Lawrence Community Schools in Central Indiana, and every other educator was given a higher "effective" rating.
Yeah, I don't think so Jon. Any profession in which only 2 1/2% of those in the profession is deemed "ineffective" or needing improvement is undoubtedly not accurate. I'd certainly put the number of "effective" teachers higher than lawyers. But still I don't buy those numbers. I kind of doubt Jon does either.
On the other hand, one thing I have always parted with my conservative friends on is merit pay for teachers. I had long harbored doubts that administrators would honestly evaluate teachers and thought the process would become political. What appears to be happening is that virtually every teacher is given a stamp of approval and therefore made virtually eligible teacher for more pay.