LANSING — Today, the House Education Committee passed a series of bills to delay the scheduled increase in the percentage of annual year-end educator evaluations based on student assessment and growth data, which has been scheduled to increase from 25% to 40%. While the increase was slated to begin this 2018-19 school year, Senate Bills 122 and 202 would delay that change until the 2019-2020 school year. In response, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township), Democratic Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee, issued the following statement:

“As a former teacher, I understand all too well that evaluations based on standardized testing do nothing to help students learn and grow. Instead, they force educators to focus on ‘teaching to the test’ instead of fostering the long-term growth students deserve. While I am glad we delayed this increase, we must go further to remove this increase entirely before teachers are forced to go another year primarily focused on standardized tests at the expense of students across the state.”