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2014 Senate Bill 817: Reduce “student growth” portion of teacher rating criteria

Public Act 257 of 2014

Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 25, 2014
To move back by two years the deadlines imposed by a 2011 law establishing a process for determining whether teachers are “effective” or not, and basing school employment decisions on these ratings.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on February 25, 2014
Reported in the Senate on March 19, 2014
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on May 13, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 13, 2014
Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on May 14, 2014
To delay the teacher effective rating process until the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 14, 2014
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To reduce the percentage of a teacher's "effectiveness" evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data (instead of other more subjective measures) from 50 percent to 40 percent, and delay implementation until the 2017-2018 school year. The original 50 percent figure was required by a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
Received in the House on May 14, 2014
Referred to the House Education Committee on May 14, 2014
Reported in the House on June 4, 2014
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on June 11, 2014
To change the student assessment and student academic growth component from 40 percent of a teacher's rating to 50 percent, but rather than basing this on statewide tests, the basis is not specified and would be determined later. See also House Bill 5223, cosponsored by the sponsor of this amendment.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 11, 2014
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014.
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To revise the criteria for teacher "effectiveness" evaluations used in various to a system to be determined later. This essentially repeals the requirement in a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on ratings in which half of a teacher's effectiveness would be based on student academic progress as measured by actual results on state tests. Instead, the ratings would be based on a system to be determined later.
Received in the Senate on June 12, 2014
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which essentially repeals the requirement in a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on ratings in which half of a teacher's effectiveness would be based on student academic progress as measured by actual results on state tests. Instead, the ratings would be based on a system to be determined later.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 28, 2014

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