School administrators are getting a better understanding of a new state system of evaluating teachers.
About 300 educators are participating in training sessions, including one in West Lafayette, on the RISE Initiative which categorizes teachers into four categories – highly effective, effective, needs improvement, and ineffective.
Professional Development Director for Wabash Valley Education Center Tami Hicks says depending on how teachers are rated could impact their pay.
She says one of the challenges is developing consistency in how administrators evaluate teachers.
School districts are not required to use the RISE model, but must have their evaluation method approved by the state before August 1st when the rating tool goes into effect.
The initiative is based on three criteria – planning, instruction, and leadership.