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Lawmakers holding the line on 'student growth' in school administrator evaluations

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State lawmakers are moving to keep the percentage of school administrator evaluations based on student growth right where it is now.

The percentage is supposed to increaseto 40% this year.  But on a 14 to 1 vote, the House Education Reform committee Thursday endorsed keeping it at 25%.

“This change recognizes the complexity of education evaluation," says Peter Spadafore, the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, "and also recognizes a few years of experience in what the threat or the promise in what that percentage increase means to some classroom teachers and administrators."

The legislation would also keep in place the evaluation standards for Michigan teachers.

The bill has bi-partisan support and is expected to pass the legislature before it wraps up work this year. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.