State law requires school boards to have a performance evaluation system in place for their teachers and administrators. Many of the requirements of the law go into effect for this school year, including training and website posting. Is your school ready to meet these statutory obligations?

Signed by Governor Snyder in 2015, Michigan’s educator evaluation law requires districts to adopt and implement a performance evaluation system for teachers and administrators. The law requires that this new evaluation system must be in place by the current 2016-17 school year.

In addition to choosing an evaluation tool and making sure the system is in compliance with state law, make sure to note the new provisions that are now required for this year. New posting requirements require that information on the adopted evaluation tool be posted on the district’s website. This includes information on the evaluation framework, processes and evaluator training.

In regards to training, schools are required to provide training to all evaluators and observers by someone who has the expertise in the adopted evaluation tool. This includes board members who must evaluate a school’s superintendent or chief administrator. If the superintendent or chief administrator is not directly employed by the board however, the designee of the board must provide the training.

The Center has developed summaries of the educator evaluation law, including references to the language within the statute. For our summary on how the law applies to administrators, click here. For teachers, click here. Click here for full text of the statute from the state of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education also has a webpage available here with additional resources on educator evaluations.