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  1. Indiana teacher evaluation models vary by district, but most incorporate all or some of the following types of data:

    1. Classroom observations (typically performed several times by several different observers in short/long/announced/unannounced format and/or walkthroughs during the year with observed performance linked to a checklist or rubric to create numeric scores)
    2. Artifacts that give evidence of performance (e.g. lesson plan/unit plan, student work, parent communication, professional development, collegial leadership)
    3. Measures of student learning (e.g. growth model scores based on student performance on state tests, percentages of students showing growth based on teacher-developed or school-based assessments, AP scores, growth on NWEA or reading achievement test, vocabulary growth by EL students, growth in math of small group of at-risk students the teacher has identified)
    4. Measures of schoolwide learning (e.g. the school’s A-F letter grade or other performance rating—these are often shared by all staff but typically factor into the teacher’s overall performance rating as a small percentage of the teacher’s total score)
    5. Some districts factor in student or parent ratings/surveys of a teacher’s performance
    6. Professional growth goals set by teacher or administrator—sometimes linked to school goals or district initiatives

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