Reminders Regarding Midyear Progress Reports

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Michigan statute requires all probationary teachers and teachers who were rated Ineffective or Minimally Effective on their most recent year-end evaluation be provided an individualized development plan, that is developed by appropriate administrative personnel in consultation with the teacher. An IDP shall include specific performance goals, and any recommended professional development, instructional support and/or coaching to achieve performance goals. This IDP shall not exceed 180 days.

Any teacher in their first year of employment within a district and any teacher rated Ineffective or Minimally Effective on their most recent annual evaluation shall be provided a “Midyear Progress Report.” The Midyear Progress Report shall be used as a supplemental tool to gauge a teacher’s improvement from the preceding school year and to assist a teacher to improve overall effectiveness.

The Midyear Progress Report does not need to be an evaluation with ratings/scores. However, it must include the evaluator and the teacher reviewing the teacher’s progress toward achieving the professional practice goal(s) articulated in the teacher’s IDP and impact on student achievement. Based on the review of observation and student achievement data, the evaluator, in consultation with the teacher, shall provide specific performance goals for the remainder of the year, a written improvement plan, and any recommended professional development, instructional support and/or coaching to achieve performance goals. This revised plan must be developed by the school administrator conducting the annual year-end evaluation in order to support improvement of her or his effectiveness.

As you prepare to engage in Midyear Progress Reports with teachers, it is recommended that you consider the following checklist:

  • Identify/make a list of first year probationary teachers, and all teachers rated ineffective or minimally effective on their most recent evaluation.
  • Collect student growth data for identified teacher(s).
  • Review evidence from observation and student growth data for identified teacher.
  • Schedule a Midyear Progress Report meeting with identified teacher(s) during January/early February.
  • Meet with identified teacher(s).
  • Discuss changes in teachers practice specific to IDP goal(s)?
  • Discuss impact of professional practice on student learning, including review of student growth data.
  • Write an improvement plan for remainder of the year in consultation with the teacher.
  • Include specific performance goals.
  • Identifies any recommended training.

Important note: An improvement plan can not merely be handed to the teacher or assigned to the teacher as homework. It must be written by the evaluator in consultation with the teacher.