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Legislative Update: Teacher Evaluation Bill Is Step Backward for Education Reform

This week, the Detroit Regional Chamber submitted a letter to the Michigan House Education Committee opposing House Bill 5707, which would reduce to 25 percent a requirement that teachers’ year-end effectiveness evaluation be based on student progress as measured by test results.

“A quality teacher evaluation is one of the most powerful tools a school district has for not only accountability but to catalyze change,” the letter states.

Quality evaluations offer a best-in-class, student-focused approach that allows districts to provide targeted teacher training, re-training, professional development and mentorship. Read the full letter jointly signed by Business Leaders for Michigan and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce here.