The Michigan Legislature returned from their summer recess this week and, though they were only in town for a couple of days, the House Education Reform Committee held a hearing on Thursday morning on a variety of bills. For Principals, the biggest issue discussed was HB 5707, which would lower the percentage of a teacher's evaluation that has to be based on student growth from 40% back down to 25%. The bill just had testimony today, but there is a chance that it could move later this fall or during lame duck, so be prepared for how your district will react for a mid-year shift in the growth percentage and stay tuned…MASSP will keep you informed as this issue develops.
The Michigan Department of Education publicly released results of the spring 2018 M-STEP and SAT this week. MDE's press release included aggregate statewide results, but more detailed numbers are also available through the mischooldata.org, allowing for comparisons between individual schools, grades and districts. But if you just read the headlines, you are missing a lot of important context about what these scores really mean.
So what were the results? Well, looking at the simple year-to-year change in proficiency rates by grade (the statistic picked up in most headlines I've read) shows: