Scott Elliott

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Teachers on screen: Video could be key tool

Indianapolis Star “Wow, I’ve never seen those kids behave like that in my class,” Patton gushed, as she watched a room of typically restless ninth-grade boys…

Indiana’s new education chief is changing the game on teacher evaluation

When former Gov. Mitch Daniels and then State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Bennett pushed a massive overhaul of teacher evaluation through the legislature in 2011, the promise was a…

Why was Indiana reformer Tony Bennett ousted?

The Indianapolis Star Less than two months ago, state Superintendent Tony Bennett stood on a stage with Gov. Mitch Daniels as a loud standing ovation washed over…

Questions abound as districts shift to merit pay for teachers

Raymond Park Intermediate Academy Principal Ryan Russell sits in on the fifth-grade classroom of Jen Hess for a three- to five-minute “walk through” evaluation of her class. …

Indiana to revamp its certification exam for principals

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is poised to dramatically overhaul the way it determines whether educators are qualified to become principals. Starting in the fall of 2013, Indiana will abandon its mostly multiple-choice…

Using teachers to evaluate teachers

INDIANAPOLIS — Any number of educators—principals, personnel directors, superintendents—can be called upon to evaluate teachers. But one school district in Indiana, Anderson, has decided that another group has perhaps the best…

Indiana overhauls how it evaluates teachers

INDIANAPOLIS — Reform: There is perhaps no idea more embraced in education circles nationally—and especially here. Indiana is in the midst of a massive education reform effort that includes the creation…

Skip senior year and go straight to college?

Fabian Abebo and Aren Owens are friends, freshmen who shared the same lunch table at North Central High School. But one thing they don’t share is the same…