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Most Michigan teachers get favorable ratings

Nov 29th, 2012 - State News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New state data show that 97 percent of the state's 96,000 teachers were rated effective or highly effective during the 2011-12 school year.

The Detroit Free Press reports Thursday that the numbers are from the first year districts had to assign one of four ratings to teachers.

The ratings are: Highly effective, effective, minimally effective or ineffective.

Some of the state's worst-performing schools gave favorable ratings to teachers. The newspaper says 48 of 146 of the state's schools that are ranked in the bottom 5 percent academically rated all of their teachers in the top two categories. Several said all of their teachers were highly effective.

State data also show, however, that more teachers in those so-called priority schools were rated in the bottom categories than other schools.

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