The Senate has voted out SB 103, educator evaluation legislation that, while improved from where it began the year, still falls far short of what is needed to ensure that Principals and other educators are supported with quality evaluation tools, training, and funding.
The Senate reported out SB 103 this week, though not without significant dissent and a number of amendments. The bill still lacks quality standards for evaluation tools, any provision for training evaluators, and funding. However, it finally includes a provision to ensure that an educator's professional practice, rather than just student growth, will be a significant factor in evaluation—an MASSP priority.
The Topic: Finishing the School Year Strong
Being an educator in the late spring can be extremely challenging. This week lets talk about how we finish our school year and what things we can do to keep our students engaged in learning. Additionally, we can share fun or innovative ways to run end of the year including honors nights, ceremonies, graduation, class/staff parties, etc… We hope you will join us on Monday for a helpful chat on how to finish the year strong!
This week's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability from MDE's Division of Accountability Services contained several pieces of information that Principals will want to be aware of. Not the least of these: MDE has committed to getting schools preliminary M-STEP results within approximately 2 weeks of the close of each testing window.
If there was a theme this week in education politics in Lansing it was that when all was said and done, there was a lot more said than done. There were early rumors that the full Senate might be voting on SB 103, a stripped-down educator evaluation bill that passed the Senate Education Committee last week, but no vote came. The House Education committee was slated to start debate on educator evaluations this week by taking background testimony from MDE (about the history of the issue) and from Clark Hill attorney Barb Ruga (about the legalese of the issue), but that was canceled.