Dr. Ferebee responds to teacher evaluations in IPS

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The superintendent of IPS weighed in on the recent evaluations of teachers in Indiana.

Dr. Lewis Ferebee said the numbers are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to improving student performance in the district.

In IPS, only 51 percent of students tested passed ISTEP, but only seven teachers in IPS were rated as ineffective. Dr. Ferebee says clearly there is some “misalignment” when it comes to teacher evaluations and student performance.

Ferebee says because the numbers aren’t adding up, IPS will take two steps.

First, the district will re-calibrate the way it assesses teachers, to make sure the district has an accurate picture of teacher strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, he says the district will use that data, to help them better utilize top teacher talent, and see how the district can better help teachers that need further development.

As for IPS being able to attract and maintain quality teachers? He says the district is actively working on that.

“Our teachers are telling us that they don’t have access to quality leadership in some cases, and I believe it all begins with good leadership,” said Ferebee. “If you look at any research as to why people stay or leave an organization, it starts and ends with good leadership.”

Dr. Ferebee says the district is having some top teachers moved into schools that have been low performing so they can provide teacher leadership.

He also used Wednesday morning to remind parents about the upcoming IPS pre-school registration fairs. Parents have a chance to attend those April 16 and 17.



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