The Craig Fahle Show

New Report: Teacher Evaluations Status Quo

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Education Trust-Midwest is releasing a report today showing how Michigan school districts have handled teacher evaluations one year after state legislation required that each individual district evaluate teachers using student growth as a significant factor.

The findings show: In the state’s 10 largest school districts, virtually every teacher continues to be rated as effective or highly effective. Education Trust Midwest Assistant Director of Policy and Research Sarah Lenhoff tells Craig that there continues to be this incredible disconnect between Michigan students’ lagging achievement scores and how teacher performance is assessed.

Lenhoff says one troubling question raised by these results: How does Michigan identify struggling teachers and give them the training and support they need to improve their performance if every teacher is being told he/she is doing just fine?

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