The council tasked two years ago with creating a model teacher evaluation in Michigan turned in its report this past week. The group of evaluation experts, commissioned by the Legislature in 2011, toiled extensively and their work has been largely met with praise. Overall, the council’s recommendations would place the state on much firmer ground when it comes to grading teachers.
And that could open doors to other worthwhile changes, such as rewarding the best teachers with bigger paychecks. In addition, a statewide evaluation could help identify “master” teachers who excel at the craft and who could help work with struggling colleagues — an idea floated by Gov. Rick Snyder several years ago.