Mich. Senate approves new teacher evaluation standards

By cori

Lansing — New state standards for evaluating teachers and school administrators would take effect in the 2017-18 academic year — four years later than planned — under legislation approved Wednesday.

The Republican-led Senate voted 22-15 largely along party lines for the follow-up bill to a 2011 law that overhauled teacher tenure rules.

Starting in the 2017-18 school year, annual evaluations would have to be based in part on students’ standardized test scores, including how students progress over the year. The bill sent to the House would initially base 25 percent of an evaluation on student growth and testing data, rising to 40 percent in 2018-19 and beyond.

The remainder of the evaluation would be based on a local school district’s own evaluation tool, which must have at least two classroom observations of teachers not rated as effective or highly effective on their two most recent year-end evaluations.

The 2011 law, which deferred legislative decisions on establishing a statewide evaluation system that was supposed have begun in the 2013-14 academic year, had called for half of a teacher’s evaluation to be based on student growth and assessments.

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