Teacher evaluations go statewide

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Recently, a group of educators recommended a statewide evaluation system for teachers and administrators to include announced and unannounced classroom visits. It would also classify educators as either “professional," "provisional" or "ineffective” — based on their practices and student growth.

Depending on legislative hearings, the new evaluation system could be place for the 2015-16 school year.

Current evaluations for teachers and administrators vary throughout the state, said Deborah Loewenberg Ball, a member of the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. The council wanted an evaluation system that looked at how teachers present information, as well as how much students learn.

Loewenberg Ball said the recommendations were made as part of a 2011 mandate to improve the education of Michigan students.

“Everyone in the state under the plan would get some concrete suggestions on what to work on next,” she said.

Educators classified as “ineffective” would have two years to improve their performance before being terminated from the school district. Teachers classified as "provisional" would have three years to improve.

Loewenberg Ball said the recommended statewide evaluation would continue and promote educator performance and effectiveness.

Scott Grimes, assistant superintendent of human services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, said they are encouraged by the recommendations that will provide a rigorous and more consistent way to perform teacher and administrator evaluations.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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