Principals say evaluating teachers changes roles

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Principals in a small southwest Indiana school district are finding that their jobs have changed since they began evaluating teachers' performance under a new state law.

Bloomfield Junior-Senior High School Principal David Dean says he is spending much more time in the classroom, watching teachers interact with kids.

But Bloomfield Elementary Principal Mary Jane Vandeventer says she has to rely more on data - including results of standardized state testing.

Vandeventer tells The Herald-Times that has some teachers concerned, because the testing doesn't take into account the everyday teaching process.

The district of about 1,100 students about 25 miles southwest of Bloomington was one of the first to use the evaluations that were mandated by a laws the Legislature passed last year.

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