I was writing about Michigan’s in-progress teacher evaluation plan, and heard from Spring Arbor University about this plan. The school doesn’t know of any other Michigan colleges making the offer. Has anyone heard of such a thing in another state?
A local district has a pilot program this year where a lead teacher will be responsible for three elementary classrooms, and “interventionists” will be working in the others.
The interventionists are fully certified, and will be paid a $91 a day wage. Most of them are younger people looking for jobs, and would have been substitutes earning $75 a day, without the stability of coming to the same room each day.
The superintendent compared them in interns. They’re members of the support staff union, and will gain a year toward their state pensions.
I noticed that Arne Duncan called out his home state of Illinois in Tuesday’s Washington Post piece, pointing to the state lowering test standards — “cut scores” — to make it look like students are performing better than they are.
Duncan made reference to “several” other states, a club in which Michigan can claim membership. Was curious to see which other states might be in that group.