News & Events
September 9, 2013: Accountability, school grading, & Common Core highlight comments by Indiana’s chief state school official
Attendees packed the Georgian Room at the Indiana Memorial Union for the CEEP Education Policy Chat to hear the vision for Indiana education laid out by the state’s superintendent of public instruction, Glenda Ritz. Insight on the national picture was presented by the president of the Education Commission of the States, Jeremy Anderson.
August 30, 2013: New Director Appointed for CEEP
From a nationwide search, John Hitchcock was selected to lead the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP). He is a nationally known expert in program evaluation and mixed-methods research. Dr. Hitchcock arrived at the center this month from Ohio University, where he was an associate professor of education research and evaluation.
As CEEP’s director, he supervises an annual array of 60-80 evaluation projects, as well as the center’s education policy research activities. Dr. Hitchcock has also been appointed as an associate professor of Instructional Systems Technology within IU’s School of Education.
Due to his experience and outstanding credentials, the Regional Education Laboratory Appalachia has also selected Dr. Hitchcock to serve as the lab’s research director. One of a network of 10 federally sponsored education research labs, REL Appalachia serves the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system. As the REL’s director of research, Dr. Hitchcock will help provide direction for the research agenda of the lab and ensure the rigor and quality of studies and final reports. He will also communicate with the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, to ensure the lab’s portfolio of studies is in line with expectations.
Click HERE to see the full media release and photograph issued by Indiana University about Dr. Hitchcock’s selection, responsibilities, and background.
August 30, 2013: Indiana’s Teacher Evaluation Legislation is the topic of the newest CEEP Education Policy Brief. It examines the legislation’s implications and challenges for policy, higher education, and professional development.
The new brief is the second in a two-part series on the new era of teacher evaluation in Indiana. In the first brief, the results of a survey of attitudes and beliefs of school corporation superintendents were discussed; the features of quality evaluation plans were highlighted; and the essential elements of a planning process that ensures equitable, effective, and efficient plans for evaluating educators were introduced. Click HERE to see the first brief.
The objectives of the second brief are 1) to provide information and discussion on the implications of the Indiana legislation on teacher and administrator preparation programs; 2) to provide information and discussion on the implications for educational policy and the procedural challenges that the state, superintendents, and boards should formally address to limit the possibilities for legal challenges and to ensure high-quality plans; and 3) to provide information and discussion on the implications for professional development as it relates to teacher and evaluator training and the use of teacher evaluation data to determine the focus of professional development.
Click HERE to open or download the new policy brief in PDF format.