Teacher evaluations go statewide

Educators might soon be graded differently.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 9, 2013


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.

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Does this evaluation system also cover public college profs ???? All public funded colleges should be also evaluated under this sytem.


Lets see what the criteria is on the review? What practice is “professional," "provisional" or "ineffective”? How is the students "growth" measures?

Guess what this gets us! More of the same push the student along, give them a passing grade so it appears the student has grown!

Read the attached as if you are a teacher and ask yourself what are you going to do base on the criteria to be the best teacher you can be!

No wonder our education system is a mess!


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