2018-02-01 / Front Page

More information on teacher evaluations

Readers may have questions about the process for teacher evaluations as well as their accessibility. Below are some possible questions with answers provided by two superintendents in Leelanau County and information from the Michigan Department of Education.

Q: What is the basis for the evaluation?

A: Administrators make a minimum of two classroom observations a year, look at the teacher’s lesson plans and the state benchmark on which the plan is based.

Twenty-five percent of the annual year-end evaluation is based on student growth and assessment data. The ratio will increase to 40 percent beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

Q: What happens after the evaluation?

A: Teachers are provided a document within 30 days listing specific performance goals aimed at helping them improve performance in the next school year.

Q: What happens when a teacher doesn’t make “the grade”?

A: After consulting with the teacher, administrators come up with an individualized development plan — with goals and training — designed to improve their effectiveness. The process may include assigning a teaching mentor. A second evaluation is added mid-year.

Q: How are parents kept in the loop?

A: No notification is required the first time, or in non-consecutive years, that a student has been assigned to an individual teacher who has received two consecutive “ineffective” ratings. Starting in 2018-19, notification of parents or guardians is required when a student has been assigned for two consecutive years to teachers in the same content area who have been rated as “ineffective” on their most recent evaluations.

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