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
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.