Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
LANSING, Mich. – Teachers statewide will have better opportunities for continuous professional growth through new legislation strengthening and clarifying teacher evaluation systems, Gov. Rick Snyder said.
“Michigan has wonderful teachers, dedicated to helping all their students reach their full potential and become lifelong learners,” Snyder said. “This new law helps them grow as educators through improved feedback and evaluations.”
Senate Bill 103, sponsored by state Sen. Phil Pavlov, requires school districts to set in place performance evaluation systems for all teachers and administrators that take into account student growth and assessment data.
Current law requires 25 percent of annual year-end evaluations to be based on student growth and testing data. Starting with the 2018-19 school year, 40 percent of annual evaluations will be based on student academic growth. Districts are empowered to create their own evaluation tools, but the tools must be consistently used in all of a district’s schools.
The bill followed many recommendations of the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness, and is supported by a wide variety of education advocacy and professional groups, including the Michigan Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Association of School Boards and StudentsFirst. Representatives from these groups were present when the governor signed the bill into law on Thursday. It is now PA 173 of 2015.
For more information on this and other legislation, visit www.legislature.michigan.gov.