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
The Michigan Department of Education recommends using one of the four piloted observation tools listed below for observing classroom teaching. School districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies are not limited to only using these evaluation tools.
- Michigan Educator Evaluation: Postings and Assurances Documents for District-Use
- 2016 State of the States: Evaluating, Teaching, Leading and Learning
The National Council on Teacher Quality report on educator evaluation across all 50 states
- 2013 Trends in Teacher Evaluation: At-A-Glance - Center for Public Education