By the end of this week, all Michigan school administrators will need to possess a certificate - even if you've been deemed as "grandparented" in the past. This shouldn't be the first time you're hearing about this, but if it is, please be sure to read the information below to ensure that you're in compliance. Working without the proper certification can cost you your job, as well as significant state aid penalties for your district.
Each week, MASSP looks through all of the MDE communications sent to the field, including Memos and Spotlight, to ensure that you're aware of important information and deadlines. On Thursday, several MDE Memos were issued that you don't want to miss regarding Student Growth Reports and School and District Improvement Plans . Each memo can be found below.
MEMO #123-18 Upcoming Availability of EVAAS Student Growth Reports
When you serve as an educational leader, it goes without saying that you are expected to know a lot. Much of what you are expected to know is not taught in a college course and most likely not part of any internship experience. As the building leader it is critical that you know how to locate and navigate several guiding documents which include, but are not limited to board policies, administrative guidelines, handbooks (district, building, student, athletics, student activities and parent) and bargaining agreements (contracts). There is no way you can be expected to memorize every single policy and written word, but as a building leader you should view these documents as tools and feel confident accessing them and using them in time of need.
Written for MASSP's LegalEase by attorney Kevin Sutton, Partner at Lusk Albertson The bell has rung, the pencils are sharpened, and students are excited to tackle a new year of learning. Alright, that last one may be a stretch. But students aren't the only ones being given new information to learn this year. As a fresh year of school begins, administrators should be aware of a trio of new criminal sexual conduct laws passed last spring that are now in effect. House Bills 5530, 5531, and 5532 reflect the increasing levels of political will in the country to address sexual violence. To that end, the new laws implement more safeguards for victims of sexual assault against their attackers, particularly in the school environment.
There's quite a few policy changes in effect starting this school year. Are you prepared? To make sure you're in the know, we've created a handy one-page PDF document with the need-to-know information for building leaders. We've also created a short screencast as a round-up of the most significant changes in school policy. This is the first in our Back-to-School series and covers everything you need to know for 2018-19, including changes to MMC, the sub teacher shortage, Social Studies standards, admin certificate rule updates and student growth. Click the image below to watch the 9-minute screencast (mp4).
This is a commonly asked question as Principals are planning PD for the 2018-19 school year and want to review their PSAT and SAT results with staff. The good news is that the College Board has added a new feature to the reporting portal that allows you to batch print items of interest for all of the assessments - you no longer need to track down the test booklet. MASSP has created a step-by-step guide to walk you through the batch print feature. You may also want to check out the MASSP PSAT and SAT resources on our website.
Michigan’s state assessment system will look a little different for the 2018-19 school year. Section 104d of the State School Aid Act (P.A. 265 of 2018) allocates a total of $9.2 million for reimbursement to districts for the purchase of one of three types of assessments:
- A computer-adaptive test; or
- One or more diagnostic tools or screening tools, for pupils in grades K-3 that are intended to increase reading proficiency by grade 4; or
- Benchmark assessments for pupils in grades K-8.
The following is important information to make note of from MDE's Thursday edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability. The Spring 2018 Assessment Administration Student Data Files are now available for:
- ACT WorkKeys
- SAT with Essay
- PSAT 10
- PSAT 8/9
- Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2) – (available earlier)
- WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 & WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs – (available earlier)
We've compiled a 9-minute round-up of the most significant changes in school policy and how these changes will affect you, your building and your stakeholders. This informational screencast is the first in our Back-to-School series and covers everything you need to know heading back to the building, including changes to MMC, the sub teacher shortage, Social Studies standards, admin certificate rule updates and student growth. Click the image below to watch the screencast (mp4). .
The Michigan Legislature has passed a series of bills that – among other things – will have a significant impact on student's Educational Development Plans (EDPs). The law specifies new timelines, additional instruction and opportunities that districts must offer students, and new information that must be shared. In order to help guide our advocacy work with both lawmakers and MDE, we need your help to understand how schools currently manage this process. Please take 5 minutes to fill out our brief survey. If you aren't the person in your district who handles this process, please feel free to forward this survey to a more appropriate person. We truly appreciate your feedback!