SBE Evaluation of Superintendent Whiston

Contact: John C. Austin, President 517-373-3902
Agency: Education

March 8, 2016

LANSING – The State Board of Education today unanimously gave State Superintendent Brian Whiston high marks in his first annual evaluation. The Board then extended Whiston’s contract by one year, to go through June 2019.

“Brian has certainly gotten us started on a path to lift education in Michigan in a new and dynamic way, in a collaborative way, and in a straight-forward way,” said State Board of Education President John C. Austin.

The evaluation included several key factors, including Whiston’s alignment with the State Board; his work with the education community, Governor and legislature; his management of the Michigan Department of Education; his technical leadership on education issues and policy; and progress towards goals set by the State Board on moving education indicators toward student achievement gains.

“Brian began and has executed what we talked about wanting to do to develop a strategic roadmap in a collaborative process that has framed our collective goal of moving the needle on student achievement and outcomes on getting us where we need to be among the top performing states; and a set of strategies that have a lot of buy-in from key stakeholders that we will move forward together.”

State Board members individually ranked Whiston on these factors and discussed the evaluations during a closed session of the Board today. Board members unanimously rated Whiston as Highly Effective and Very Effective ratings on the evaluation factors.

“I thank the State Board for its leadership and partnership,” Whiston said. “To go where we need to go, it’s all of us working together and I appreciate everyone doing that.”

Whiston was hired by the State Board in March 2015, after a national search.

Whiston, who has a master’s degree in political science from Wayne State University, had been superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools since 2008. Dearborn Public Schools is a school district of over 19,000 students, located in Wayne County in southeast Michigan. He formerly was director of Government & Community Services for Oakland Schools.

He also was a school board member at the Waterford School District from 1991-2008 and was a Wayne State University instructor from 2001-2006.