The Basics of RISE Teacher Evaluations

Education is changing in Indiana. Whether you are a teacher, an administrator, or just a concerned parent, RISE can be pretty intimidating. In this post, I hope to skim the surface of this new accountability rubric.


Identify The Teacher’s Group

The diagram above is one that I constructed to present to the staff at Shoals Community Schools. Your first step to understanding RISE is learning into which group each specific teacher is classified.

Group #1 = Those teachers who teach Growth Model Classes (ELA/Math Grades 4-8) for more than half of their schedule

Group #2 = Those teachers who teach at least one Growth Model Class (ELA/Math Grades 4-8), but less than half of their schedule

Group #3 = Those teachers who teach no Growth Model Classes (ELA/Math Grades 4-8)

The Professional Practice Component a.k.a. “The Teacher Effectiveness Rubric”

The first component of the the summative rating for teachers is what is called “professional practice”, or the teacher effectiveness rubric. This makes up 50% of the overall final rating. It is comprised of four factors:

  1. Planning (10% of professional practice evaluation) This area focuses on lesson planning, preparedness, etc.
  2. Instruction (75% of professional practice evaluation) This area focuses on the actual instruction skills of the teacher.
  3. Leadership (15% of professional practice evaluation) This area focuses on the extra things a teacher does to help the school improve like mentoring, supervising student teaching, creating/supervising programs, etc.
  4. Core Professionalism. This area is an all-or-nothing category. The teacher either meets the expectations of attitude, attendance, etc. or he/she doesn’t. If the teacher does meet the expectations, nothing changes with the overall score. But if he/she did not meet expectations, a deduction of a full point is awarded.

Student Learning Component

The second half of the final summative rating is the Student Learning Component. It is made up of up to four areas, each weighted differently depending on which group the teacher belongs.

  1. Individual Growth Model. Teachers will have their feet held to the fire when it comes to ISTEP scores. This is worth 35% of the Student Learning Component for Group #1 and 20% for Group #2. Group #3 does not teach Growth Model Classes.
  2. School-Wide Learning Measure. Teachers will now have skin in the game when it comes to the overall success of the school. This area will concern the A-F scale that the state of Indiana will label every school. Groups #1-3 will look forward to this component making up 5% of their overall student-learning component
  3. Student Learning Objectives. So that the areas that aren’t ELA or Math won’t be forgotten, RISE has included a component pre-established goals for non-growth model classes. However if a teacher ONLY has growth-model classes, he/she must create separate goals for this component. Initially, this will only be for one section of one class. This will make up 10%, 15%, and 20% of the student learning component for Groups #1, #2, and #3.
Summative Rating
Teachers will be given a summative rating of (4) Highly Effective, (3) Effective, (2) Improvement Needed, or (1) Ineffective.
A very controversial issue is how this will tie into the pay scale. Every corporation will have to decide how to do this. The state has mandated that anyone receiving a 1 or 2 rating can not be eligible for merit pay.

For more information, you can look on the Department of Education’s website for RISE.

I look forward to your questions and comments so that I will know what to address on future posts. What are your thoughts on RISE??


About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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