The MCEE was charged by law with an ambitious agenda, one that has tremendous significance for the educational opportunities and outcomes of our state’s children. The MCEE has submitted to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and the state legislature a report that identifies and recommends all of the following:

  • A student growth and assessment tool.
  • A state evaluation tool for teachers.
  • A state evaluation tool for school administrators.
  • Changes to the requirements for a professional teaching certificate.
  • A process for evaluating and approving local evaluation tools for educators that are consistent with the state evaluation tool for teachers and administrators and the act.

MCEE History

The MCEE was established by Public Act 102 as a temporary commission with a life of no more than two years in June 2011. The six Council members were appointed in September 2011 and the state legislature appropriated funding for its work in mid-December 2011. It quickly became evident that the Council could not research and develop its recommendations in the 90 days allotted, so the legislature extended the Council’s deadline to June 2013. At the Council’s request, the legislature also appropriated $6 million for a pilot study of four different educator evaluation tools in 13 Michigan school districts. The pilot study was designed and managed by the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan during the 2012-13 school year. The Council officially disbanded in June 2013.

Vision Statement

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness will develop a fair, transparent, and feasible evaluation system for teachers and school administrators. The system will be based on rigorous standards of professional practice and of measurement. The goal of this system is to contribute to enhanced instruction, improve student achievement, and support ongoing professional learning.

About the Council members

The council has five voting members, three of whom were appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, and one each by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Speaker of the House Jase Bolger. Governor Snyder appointed Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education, as chair of the MCEE. In addition to Ball, the governor appointed Mark Reckase from Michigan State University’s College of Education and Nick Sheltrown from National Heritage Academics in Grand Rapids. Majority Leader Richardville appointed David Vensel, a principal from Jefferson High School in Monroe, and Speaker Bolger appointed Jennifer Hammond, a principal from Grand Blanc High School. Joseph Martineau serves on the MCEE without vote and is the designee of the Michigan Department of Education’s superintendent of public instruction.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Chair 

Ball DeborahDeborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She currently serves as dean of the School of Education and as director of a new organization called TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball’s research focuses on the practice of mathematics instruction, and on the improvement of teacher training and development. She is an expert on teacher education, with a particular interest in how professional training and experience combine to equip beginning teachers with the skills and knowledge needed for responsible practice. Ball has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education, including the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (appointed by President George W. Bush) and the National Board for Education Sciences (appointed by President Barack Obama).

Jennifer Hammond

Jenny HammondJennifer Hammond is the principal of Grand Blanc High School. She previously served as a teacher and administrator at schools in Troy, Hamtramck, and also in Houston, Texas. Hammond earned a bachelor's degree and certificate in secondary teaching from Michigan State University, a master's degree in mathematics education from Wayne State University, an educational specialist degree in school administration from Oakland University, and a doctorate in philosophy of educational leadership from Oakland University.

Joseph Martineau

JosephJoseph Martineau is the executive director of the Bureau of Assessment & Accountability in the Michigan Department of Education. He has served in the Michigan Department of Education as a psychometrican, manager of large-scale assessment programs, and director of state testing and accountability. He also serves as a member of the board of the National Council on Measurement in Education, and on the executive committee of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Martineau earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics and a master's degree in instructional design from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from Michigan State University. Martineau serves on the council as a non-voting member.

Mark Reckase

Mark RackaseMark Reckase is a professor in the measurement and quantitative methods program within the Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education Department of the College of Education at Michigan State University. He worked for 17 years at ACT Inc., a college admission testing company and was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Reckase also served as the vice president of the American Educational Research Association and the president of the National Council of Measurement in Education. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, and a master's degree and doctorate in psychology from Syracuse University.

Nicholas Sheltrown

Nick SheltrownNicholas Sheltrown is director of measurement, research, and accountability at National Heritage Academics in Grand Rapids. He manages the measurement and research initiatives for a network of 71 charter schools with over 40,000 students. Sheltrown previously served as director of research and measurement at Grand Valley State University, the technology director at Byron Center Public Schools and vice president of professional development at ST Concepts Inc. in Byron Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornerstone University, and a master's degree in curriculum and teaching and a doctorate from Michigan State University.

David Vensel

DaveDavid Vensel is the principal of Jefferson High School in Monroe. He previously served as a teacher and assistant high school principal at Airport High School in Carleton. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and master's degree in American history and secondary education from the University of Toledo.