teacher evaluation http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Senate votes to delay teacher evaluation system http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-votes-delay-teacher-evaluation-system <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">It appears lawmakers could once again delay the implementation of a new statewide teacher evaluation system.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">The state Senate has unanimously voted to push back the deadline until the 2015-2016 school year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">The bill would also reduce from 50% to 40% the portion of teacher evaluations that would be based on standardized tests that measure student growth.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">The state's current test, the MEAP, does not measure student growth, but lawmakers are locked in a fight over which test should replace the MEAP or whether to replace it at all.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">Under state law, the new evaluation system was supposed to be in place during the current school year.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:09:54 +0000 Vincent Duffy 17598 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate votes to delay teacher evaluation system Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons explains latest on statewide teacher evaluation bills http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-lisa-posthumus-lyons-explains-latest-statewide-teacher-evaluation-bills <p></p><p>A state wide teacher evaluation system is finally seeing some movement in the legislature. The plan would rate teachers and administrators based on student growth on standardized tests and in-class observations. If teachers and administrators are found to be ineffective for three year in a row, they would be fired.</p><p>Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons is the C<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hair of the House Education Committee. She joined</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;us today.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:39:46 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 17547 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons explains latest on statewide teacher evaluation bills An update on the future of standardized tests in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/update-future-standardized-tests-michigan <p></p><p>In 2011, state lawmakers passed a measure that was designed to toughen up Michigan's teacher evaluation system. The idea was that a teacher who repeatedly got poor evaluations could be fired.<br /><br />How do you measure a teacher's effectiveness?&nbsp;</p><p>One big way is to determine how much students learned and grew during the school year, and that is done through academic testing.&nbsp;</p><p>But, three years out, the Legislature hasn't managed to agree on how those evaluations should be conducted, or even which test should be used to measure student growth.</p><p>And, left twisting in the wind, are school administrators, principals, and teachers who are wondering which standardized test they're supposed to start giving this fall.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith joined us&nbsp;</span>to give an update on where things stand as this school year winds down. He's the statewide education and courts reporter for MLive.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 17380 at http://michiganradio.org An update on the future of standardized tests in Michigan Education researcher says we can't blame teachers for failing schools http://michiganradio.org/post/education-researcher-says-we-cant-blame-teachers-failing-schools <div><p>As Michigan moves into new, uncharted waters in terms of testing and evaluating those who hope to become teachers, there are many views on whether this testing and evaluation is fair, helpful, and an accurate measurement of how students, teachers, and schools are doing.</p><p>Mitch Robinson is an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University.&nbsp;A former teacher, his research is now focused on education policy and the mentoring of new music teachers.&nbsp;</p><p>He believes test scores like the beefed-up version of Michigan's teacher certification test aren't telling us anything substantial about students or learning.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p></div><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:55:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 16515 at http://michiganradio.org Education researcher says we can't blame teachers for failing schools Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-zemke-believes-teacher-evaluations-need-change <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A set of bipartisan bills moving through the state legislature would reshape Michigan’s teacher evaluation system. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Rep. Adam&nbsp;</span>Zemke&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Ann Arbor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sponsored <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(kr5vsi552oeduinogkrgvd45))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2014-HB-5224">Bill 5224</a>. He spoke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16402 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change Lawmakers in Lansing debate how best to evaluate teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-lansing-debate-how-best-evaluate-teachers <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers are in the midst of a debate over how teachers in Michigan should be evaluated.</span></p><p>Hearings were held today at the Capitol and the Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake&nbsp;Neher&nbsp;was there. He joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p></div><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:35:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 16140 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers in Lansing debate how best to evaluate teachers LIVE CHAT: How should Michigan teachers be evaluated? http://michiganradio.org/post/live-chat-how-should-michigan-teachers-be-evaluated <p>It sounds like a great idea.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Evaluate the teachers. Keep the good ones. Weed out the bad ones.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But how do you do this?</span></p><p>Your government representatives in Lansing will be debating a statewide teacher evaluation system this fall.</p><p>Here's your chance to talk to the people who put the proposal together.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 14089 at http://michiganradio.org LIVE CHAT: How should Michigan teachers be evaluated? How should Michigan teachers be evaluated? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-should-michigan-teachers-be-evaluated <p>There are several complicated questions surrounding teacher evaluations in Michigan. Should there be a state standard for evaluating teachers? What should that evaluation encompass? Should teacher pay be pegged to the evaluation, the pay for performance system?</p><p>The Michigan council for educator effectiveness spent nearly 2 years and $6 million on a pilot program in 13 districts, and they’ve now come out with a recommendation for a new statewide teacher evaluation tool.</p><p>Jake Neher is the Lansing reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He joined us in the studio today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:30:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 13968 at http://michiganradio.org How should Michigan teachers be evaluated? Stateside for Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-august-13th-2013 <p>Today we took a closer look at recommendations for statewide standards for evaluating Michigan teachers. How should the job performance of teachers be evaluated?</p><p>And, we met a West Michigan man who swims across the Great Lakes and Lake St Clair, raising money for charity.</p><p>Also, we spoke with the lead vocalist of The Ragbirds, a band from Ann Arbor that is about to kick off their fall tour with a newborn baby.</p><p>First on the show, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr is looking to hire a group to oversee Detroit's federal grant money.</p><p>This comes at the same time that federal officials are searching for ways to offer more aid to Detroit.</p><p>Orr visited went to Washington D.C. earlier this month to meet with Michigan Senator Carl Levin and some economists to get ideas about which grants programs would be best for the city.</p><p>Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief David Shepardson reported on this in today's Detroit News, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:23:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 13967 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 Recommendations for state-wide teacher evaluations have been issued http://michiganradio.org/post/recommendations-state-wide-teacher-evaluations-have-been-issued <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How should the job performance of Michigan teachers be evaluated? What should the standard be? Should there be a state-wide common standard used to evaluate teachers?</span></p><p>Those were some of the key questions tackled by the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. The temporary body recently came out with its recommendations for a new statewide teacher evaluation tool.</p><p>The Council is recommending that by 2015-16, half of a teacher’s evaluation should be based on classroom practices and the other half on student growth as determined by scores on tests.</p><p>The panel also is recommending that a teacher be dismissed after two years of ineffective ratings.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:46:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 13965 at http://michiganradio.org Recommendations for state-wide teacher evaluations have been issued New teacher evaluation system proposed to Michigan Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/new-teacher-evaluation-system-proposed-michigan-legislature <p>The Michigan Council for Education Effectiveness is proposing a new way to evaluate teachers and administrators.&nbsp; The council presented its recommendations to the state legislature, the governor and the state Board of Education on Wednesday.</p><p>Michigan currently has statewide standards for teachers, but there is not an evaluation system in place. Current evaluations are conducted differently in each district. This new system would require teachers to be evaluated every year and receive one of three ratings: "ineffective," "provisional" or "professional." The evaluation is based on the teacher's classroom practice and their students' performance. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:12:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13679 at http://michiganradio.org New teacher evaluation system proposed to Michigan Legislature