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New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

By Amy Auletto Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new regulations that will require teacher preparation programs to be more transparent about their effectiveness across a number of measures. According to the ED, these regulations seek to improve outcomes for teacher preparation programs while still affording states the flexibility to determine specifically… Read More »

Texas Teachers’ Unions Latest to Sue to Block New Teacher Evaluation System

Texas Teachers’ Unions Latest to Sue to Block New Teacher Evaluation System

By Dave Reid In late April two Texas teachers’ unions filed a lawsuit, arguing the state’s new proposed teacher evaluation system violates state law. Specifically, the suit cites that the use of a student growth component in a teacher’s evaluation violates the law that says a teacher’s evaluation must be based on “observable, job related… Read More »

Concerns Grow Over Using M-STEP Data in Teacher Evaluations

Concerns Grow Over Using M-STEP Data in Teacher Evaluations

By Dave Reid As reported previously on Green & Write, Michigan’s new standardized assessment system, M-STEP, will continue through at least 2018. Currently in its first year of use, the new assessment has generated some concerns, particularly from teachers and teachers unions, regarding how reliable these assessments are and if they should be used as the… Read More »

Michigan Radio’s Learning to Teach Series

Michigan Radio’s Learning to Teach Series

By Dave Reid Last week, Michigan Radio premiered a week-long series titled, “Learning to Teach”. The station spoke with educational researchers, policymakers, and teachers to discuss many pressing issues facing our schools here in Michigan, including teacher compensation, teacher evaluations, and teacher effectiveness. Below are some of the highlights from the series, which notes that… Read More »

Teacher Evaluation Delays Hurt Students, Principals, and Teachers

Teacher Evaluation Delays Hurt Students, Principals, and Teachers

By Dave Reid In Michigan, teacher and administrator evaluation polices (HB5223 and HB5224), which were initially scheduled to take effect in the 2013-14 school year, are officially dead. There was hope that during the 2014 lame duck session these bills would make it through the Senate, but this effort fell short. The need for a… Read More »

ESEA Reauthorization and Teacher Evaluations

ESEA Reauthorization and Teacher Evaluations

By Dave Reid Last week U.S. Senate Education Committee Chair Lamar Alexander released a draft of his 2015 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal. ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is the federal government’s most significant public education law. While much of the coverage and conversation has revolved around annual testing… Read More »

Michigan’s Not-So-Lame Duck Dinner Menu for Education

Michigan’s Not-So-Lame Duck Dinner Menu for Education

By Rachel White While shoppers braved the Black Friday deals this past weekend in preparation for the holiday season, many legislators were busy preparing for a special season that ramps up this week: lame duck. The next three weeks of legislative session represent the final opportunity for a group of legislators’ deemed “lame ducks” to… Read More »