Michigan Legislature OKs delay in teacher evaluation change

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Legislation to delay a key change in Michigan’s evaluation system for teachers and school administrators is on the way to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature.
The Senate took a final procedural step Tuesday to move the bill forward.
It would halt – at least for a year – a requirement that student growth and assessment data be given greater weight in educators’ year-end performance evaluations. Such information now accounts for 25% of an evaluation but is scheduled to rise to 40% this academic year under a 2015 law.
Under the legislation, the change would be delayed until the 2019-20 school year.
Critics have said basing 40% of a teacher’s evaluation on standardized testing is flawed.

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