Sec. 4 . (a) Each school corporation shall develop a plan for annual performance evaluations for each certificated employee. A school corporation shall implement the plan beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.
(b) Instead of developing its own staff performance evaluation plan under subsection (a), a school corporation may adopt a staff performance evaluation plan that meets the requirements set forth in this chapter or any of the following models:
(1) A plan using master teachers or contracting with an outside vendor to provide master teachers.
(2) The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP).
(3) The Peer Assistance and Review Teacher Evaluation System (PAR).
(c) A plan must include the following components:
(1) Performance evaluations for all certificated employees, conducted at least annually.
(2) Objective measures of student achievement and growth to significantly inform the evaluation. The objective measures must include:
(A) student assessment results from statewide assessments for certificated employees whose responsibilities include instruction in subjects measured in statewide assessments;
(B) methods for assessing student growth for certificated employees who do not teach in areas measured by statewide assessments; and
(C) student assessment results from locally developed assessments and other test measures for certificated employees whose responsibilities may or may not include instruction in subjects and areas measured by statewide assessments.
(3) Rigorous measures of effectiveness, including observations and other performance indicators.
(4) An annual designation of each certificated employee in one (1) of the following rating categories:
(A) Highly effective.
(C) Improvement necessary.
(5) An explanation of the evaluator's recommendations for improvement, and the time in which improvement is expected.
(6) A provision that a teacher who negatively affects student achievement and growth cannot receive a rating of highly effective or effective.
(7) For annual performance evaluations for school years beginning after June 30, 2015, provide for a pre-evaluation planning session conducted by the superintendent or equivalent authority for the school corporation with the principals in the school corporation.
(d) In developing a performance evaluation model, a school corporation may consider the following:
(1) Test scores of students (both formative and summative).
(2) Classroom presentation observations.
(3) Observation of student-teacher interaction.
(4) Knowledge of subject matter.
(5) Dedication and effectiveness of the teacher through time and effort on task.
(6) Contributions of teachers through group teacher interactivity in fulfilling the school improvement plan.
(7) Cooperation of the teacher with supervisors and peers.
(8) Extracurricular contributions of the teacher.
(9) Outside performance evaluations.
(10) Compliance with school corporation rules and procedures.
(11) Other items considered important by the school corporation in developing each student to the student's maximum intellectual potential and performance.
The state board and the department may recommend additional factors, but may not require additional factors unless directed to do so by the general assembly.
(e) This subsection applies to plans applicable to annual performance evaluations for school years beginning after June 30, 2015. The plan must:
(1) be in writing; and
(2) be explained to the governing body in a public meeting;
before the evaluations are conducted. Before explaining the plan to the governing body, the superintendent of the school corporation shall discuss the plan with teachers or the teachers' representative, if there is one. This discussion is not subject to the open door law (IC 5-14-1.5). The plan is not subject to bargaining, but a discussion of the plan must be held.
(f) The evaluator shall discuss the evaluation with the certificated employee.
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