In November 2015, Public Act 173 was signed into law, providing important clarity to the ongoing policy discussions about the direction of teacher evaluations in Michigan. Implementing Michigan’s educator evaluation law with fidelity is a key strategy in our efforts to see Michigan become a top ten education state within the next ten years. Teacher evaluations are implicitly linked to MDE’s Strategic Goal #3, to “develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared, and collaborative education workforce.”
In June 2016, Public Act 170 was signed into law, specifically stating in Section 1249(8) that a “teacher” is defined as “an individual who has a valid Michigan teaching certificate or authorization; who is employed, or contracted for, by a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy; and who is assigned by the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy to deliver direct instruction to pupils in any of grades K to 12 as a teacher of record.”
For more information, please contact MDE-EdEvals@michigan.gov.
State Approved Observation Tools for Teachers
The Michigan Department of Education recommends using one of the five observation tools listed below for observing classroom teaching. School districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies are not limited to only using these evaluation tools.
- Michigan Educator Evaluation: Postings and Assurances Documents for District-Use
- Charlotte Danielson Framework Aligned Tool for Teachers of English Learners
- Marzano Aligned Tool for Teachers of English Learners
- Educator Evaluations At-A-Glance
- Educator Evaluations FAQ
- Best Practices and Research
A collection of outside resources related to teaching standards, classroom observations, feedback, collecting evidence, and improving evaluator reliability.