Michigan Senate approves new educator evaluation standards

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has voted to implement state standards for evaluating teachers and school administrators while also delaying implementation of the evaluations.

Senators voted 22-15 Wednesday for follow-up legislation to a 2011 Republican-backed law that revised teacher tenure rules.

Starting in the 2017-18 school year, year-end educator evaluations in Michigan would have to be based in part on students’ standardized test scores, including how they progress over the year.

The bill headed to the House would initially base 25 percent of an evaluation on student growth and testing data, increasing it to 40 percent in 2018-19 and beyond.

The remainder of a teacher’s evaluation would be based on the local school district’s own evaluation tool.

Teachers rated as ineffective for three straight years must be dismissed under current law.

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