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From the Ground Up: Building a Student Growth and Assessment System that Informs Practice

Michigan school districts have been implementing and adjusting to the revised evaluation statute for three school years. As districts grapple with implementing statutory requirements for annual evaluation, a common pain point has been the use of student growth and assessment data, including properly understanding what the legislation requires, which measures to use, how to aggregate growth measures for teachers and administrators, and reliably scoring for 25% of an effectiveness rating. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year the weight of student growth increases to 40%, inclusive of state assessment data for teachers in tested grades and subjects, increasing the significance and complexity of evaluating educator performance.

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MDE Guidance Issued on Emergency Seclusion and Physical Restraint

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Education released guidance documents for school districts on implementing the new laws governing the emergency use of seclusion and physical restraint. These documents include an FAQ, a sample documentation form, and a sample debriefing form. To assist you in getting your head around this information, we’ve excerpted some key sections of the FAQ that Principals will want to be aware of.

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MDE Memos: Info on Eval Rating Appeals Window and Web Posting

As you continue to implement Michigan's new evaluation law in your district, there are a pair of recent MDE memos that have information pertinent to that work. The two documents provide additional information around the teacher evaluation rating appeals period, which closes on December 1, 2016 and how and where districts should post the statutorily required assurances on their website.

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CEPI, MDE to Open Eval Rating Appeals Window

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Michigan's new educator evaluation law, Public Act 173 of 2015, will link teacher certificate renewal and progression to evaluation ratings for the most recent five-year period.