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Teacher Evaluation Bill Clears Michigan House

A proposal to change the way teachers and administrators are evaluated in the state has cleared a hurdle, passing the Michigan House Thursday.

The legislation would mandate student growth make up a smaller portion of a teacher’s evaluation with in-classroom observation rounding out the evaluation model.

Right now, student growth makes up 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. That will drop to 25 percent over the next three years before jumping to 40 percent beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

State Representative Peter Pettalia has been a no vote the last two go-rounds but voted for the bill this time after changes were made he says make it better.

One of those changes is that student growth will be measured in a fifty-fifty split between state and local assessments.

Despite that change, State Representative Jeff Irwin still couldn’t get on board. He says the change places higher stakes on already high stakes testing.

The measure now moves back to the Michigan Senate for consideration.

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