Editor’s note: Teacher test protest predictable

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

The Michigan Department of Education is probably feeling a little put out when it comes to testing. After the Legislature last summer killed the department’s plan to use a national standardized test aligned to the Common Core education standards, education officials had to scramble to get a new test in place by this spring.

But it did get something together—the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, which replaced the outdated Michigan Educational Assessment Program test the state had used for decades. While some kinks are to be expected with a new statewide test, most schools seem to be handling it fine.

The state’s largest teachers union isn’t happy, however. Michigan Education Association president Steven Cook wrote an open letter to Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this week, calling the test roll-out a “disaster.” He outlined his concerns, which revolved around using this new test as a way to evaluate teachers.

The union has never wanted increased accountability standards, especially when it comes to rating teachers based on how well their students do. Even though this test should be a more fair assessment in measuring growth, expect this kind of pushback to continue.