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Whitmer Signs Delay to Mich. Teacher Evaluation Change

Whitmer Signs Delay to Mich. Teacher Evaluation Change

Updated: April 30, 2019 05:44 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan will delay a key change in its evaluation system for teachers and schools administrators under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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The laws enacted Tuesday will halt, at least for a year, a requirement that student growth and assessment data be given greater weight in educators' year-end performance evaluations. Such information now accounts for 25% of an evaluation but was scheduled to rise to 40% this academic year under a 2015 law.

The change will now be delayed until the 2019-20 school year.

The Democratic governor says test scores are "only one piece of the puzzle and not the whole story."

The legislation is supported by teachers unions, school districts and groups representing administrators. Legislators say Michigan's main standardized test, the M-STEP, does not adequately measure students' learning over time.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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