Michigan Legislature approves teacher evaluation framework

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Legislature has approved a new state framework for evaluating teachers and school administrators, with annual evaluations based partly on student tests and their improvement over time.

The bill, approved 35-2 by the Senate on Tuesday, goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

The legislation is a follow-up to a 2011 law that overhauled teacher tenure rules.

The bill requires school districts and charter schools, starting this school year, to base 25 percent of a teacher’s evaluation on assessment and student growth data. The component will rise to 40 percent in 2018-19.

Starting in 2016-17, the rest of the evaluation will be based primarily on performance – as measured by an evaluation tool chosen from a state list or developed locally, including a classroom observation component.

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