Frequency of Evaluations : Indiana

Identifying Effective Teachers Policy


The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.

Nearly meets goal
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Frequency of Evaluations : Indiana results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
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Analysis of Indiana's policies

Commendably, as of the 2012-2013 school year, all teachers in Indiana will be evaluated annually. 

Further, new teachers in Indiana must be formally evaluated before December 31. If requested by the teacher, an additional evaluation may be scheduled on or before March 1 of the following year.


Recommendations for Indiana

Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, Indiana should require multiple observations for all teachers, even those who have nonprobationary status. Although Indiana is commended for ensuring that new teachers are observed and receive feedback early in the school year, it may not be feasible to issue multiple formal evaluation ratings in a single year, especially as evaluation instruments become more data driven. Applicable student data will likely not be available to support multiple ratings.  

State response to our analysis

Indiana recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

For the frequency of evaluations in government and private industry, see survey results from Hudson Employment Index's report: "Pay and Performance in America: 2005 Compensation and Benefits Report" Hudson Highlands Group (2005).

For research emphasizing the importance of evaluation and observations for new teachers in predicting future success and providing support for teachers see, D. Staiger and J. Rockoff, "Searching for Effective Teachers with Imperfect Information." The Journal of Economic Perspectives. (24:3) American Economic Association (2010).