Posted: Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:17pm Updated: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:29pm

Introduction:

Indiana Code (IC) 20-28-11.5-9* requires principals at each charter school (including virtual schools) and school corporation to "complete a survey that provides information regarding the principal's assessment of the quality of instruction by each particular teacher preparation program located in Indiana for teachers employed at the school who initially received their teaching license in Indiana in the previous two (2) years.” Your participation in this survey not only meets statutory requirements but provides information helpful to improving educator preparation in Indiana. A summary of all responses will be shared with teacher preparation programs before November 1, 2016 and each September 1 thereafter. Therefore, we appreciate your time and effort in completing this very important survey.

One goal of the survey is to share data and feedback from the survey with each Educator Preparation Program (EPP) to be used for programmatic improvement. Therefore, it is imperative that each principal double check the EPP for each teacher to make sure that the program where they completed their preparation is correctly identified.

*(c) Not before the beginning of the second semester (or the equivalent) of the school year and not later than August 1 of each year, the principal at each school described in subsection (a) shall complete a survey that provides information regarding the principal's assessment of the quality of instruction by each particular teacher preparation program located in Indiana for teachers employed at the school who initially received their teaching license in Indiana in the previous two (2) years. The survey shall be adopted by the state board and prescribed on a form developed not later than July 30, 2016, by the department that is aligned with the matrix system established under IC 20-28-3-1(i). The school shall provide the surveys to the department along with the information provided in subsection (b). The department shall compile the information contained in the surveys, broken down by each teacher preparation program located in Indiana. The department shall include information relevant to a particular teacher preparation program located in Indiana in the department's report under subsection (f).

Important Terms:

Content Knowledge: The acquisition and understanding of facts, truths, or principles associated with the academic disciplines that are taught at the elementary, middle, and/or secondary levels, or a professional field of study such as special education, early childhood education, school psychology, reading, or school administration.

Dispositions: The values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors towards students, families, colleagues, and communities that impact student learning, motivation, and development as well as the educator’s own professional growth.2

Educator Preparation Program (EPP): The program or entity responsible for the preparation of educators. Program completers (teacher candidates) meeting all program and licensure requirements are recommended for initial licensure by the EPP. Therefore, the EPP also may be referred to as the “recommending institution.”

Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A core part of content knowledge for teaching that includes: core activities of teaching, such as figuring out what students know; choosing and managing representations of ideas; appraising, selecting and modifying textbooks; deciding among alternative courses of action and analyzing the subject matter knowledge and insight entailed in these activities.3

Pedagogical Knowledge: The broad principles and strategies of classroom instruction, management, and organization that transcend subject matter knowledge.4

Teacher: IC 20-28-11.5-9 (2) (c) (a) “...teacher who received their initial teaching license in Indiana in the previous 2 (years).”