Educational experts agree that quality teaching is the single most important factor in improving educational outcomes for all students. Section 1249 (380.1249) of the Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) was passed into law with the expressed purpose of improving educator effectiveness.
Members of the Senate Education Committee heard a lot of tepid support this week for SB 103, the stripped down educator evaluation legislation introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair). Even supporters of the bill expressed concerns about its overreliance on student growth and spoke to the importance of using research-based tools and training evaluators.
The Senate Education Committee took its second week of testimony on SB 103, a gutted educator evaluation bill that puts the focus on student growth rather than professional practice. Several groups spoke on the legislation and while a number of organizations supported the bill on paper, their testimony told a different story.
After letting the issue languish for nearly a year, the Senate Education Committee has finally started debating educator evaluation legislation.
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took testimony on SB 103, a largely stripped down version of educator evaluation legislation introduced by committee chair Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair). MASSP opposes this legislation and testified against the bill, which fails to ensure that Principals have access to quality evaluation tools or the training they deserve.