New Teacher Standards Delayed

Lawmakers vote to delay teacher evaluation rules.

Scrutiny of standardized test results has increased in recent years as a growing number of districts link test scores to teacher pay and performance evaluations.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers have voted to delay implementation of new statewide standards for evaluating teachers and school administrators until the 2015-16 academic year.
The standards were supposed to be in effect this school year under a 2011 teacher tenure law. But legislators are still working on putting them in place after receiving recommendations last year.
Outstanding issues include how much evaluations should be tied to students' standardized test scores and a dispute between legislators and the state Education Department over which test to administer starting next school year.
A bill to delay the evaluation standards passed 37-0 Wednesday and now goes to the House. The House, meanwhile, voted 95-14 to send bills implementing the standards to the Senate.


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