Pence: Bumpy Transition Period Shouldn't Affect Teacher Evaluations, Pay

Oct 27, 2015

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Gov. Mike Pence says he’s working with legislators to ensure Indiana’s transition to new academic standards and a new standardized test shouldn’t affect teacher evaluations or performance pay. 

In a letter sent Tuesday to state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and members of the State Board of Education, Pence points out that states tend to see a decrease in student test scores when they transition to new  standards. 

He says given that Indiana is in this situation, the state's response should “reflect fairness” to students and teachers. 

Ritz’s Department of Education says they welcome the Governor’s proposal. 

Ritz has long been an advocate of pausing school A-F accountability grades for the 2015-16 school year due to this shift in state practices.