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Fewer Teachers Get Required Assessments With COVID, But Results The Same

As usual, about 1% found minimally effective or worse

In the 2019-20 academic year, local public school districts in Michigan completed just 45% of required annual teacher evaluations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But not much had changed in the results. The evaluations that were completed still found that 99% of the state’s teachers were grouped in the highest two of four categories – “very effective” and “effective.”

Just 1% of the teachers were found to be “minimally effective,” and the percentage of teachers deemed “ineffective” was so small it was statistically the same as 0%.

In the 2019-20 year, Michigan public schools employed 104,658 teachers. Of these, 47,481 were evaluated. Of that group, 16,695 (35%) were graded as “very effective” and 30,191 (64%) were rated as “effective.” Just 508 (1%) were found to be “minimally effective,” and 87 teachers were rated as “ineffective.”

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