• Teacher Evaluations

    In November 2015, Public Act 173 was signed into law, providing important clarity to the ongoing policy discussions about the direction of teacher evaluations in Michigan.  Implementing Michigan’s educator evaluation law with fidelity is a key strategy in our efforts to see Michigan become a top ten education state within the next ten years. Teacher evaluations are implicitly linked to MDE’s Strategic Goal #3, to “develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared, and collaborative education workforce.”

    In June 2016, Public Act 170 was signed into law, specifically stating in Section 1249(8) that a “teacher” is defined as “an individual who has a valid Michigan teaching certificate or authorization; who is employed, or contracted for, by a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy; and who is assigned by the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy to deliver direct instruction to pupils in any of grades K to 12 as a teacher of record.”

    For more information, please contact the Office of Educator Talent at 517-335-2669 or email at MDE-EdEvals@michigan.gov



State Approved Observation Tools for Teachers


Teacher Evaluation Resources

  • Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) Report

    This is the commissioned report on educator evaluations that informed the Michigan Educator Evaluation Legislation.  The link above provides background information on the council, an executive summary of its recommendations, and the full report


Additional Resources