The ACT will still be part of of the Michigan Merit exam for the 2014-15 school year and there are some changes you should be aware of in the Writing assessment that are outlined in the following article. NOTE: The writing change will not take place until Fall 2015 - so while it will not impact this year's juniors, it is important to note for subsequent test takers and even juniors that may re-take as seniors if they take the writing section again. To keep up with any additional changes at ACT sign up on the ACT website to receive updates.
The Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan is hosting GirlsEncoded, an event aimed at high school girls to expose them to the fantastic field of computer science!
The event will take place on November 8th at the University of Michigan from 10am to 5pm. There will be activities, guest speakers, lab tours, and a student panel! Parents are invited to attend with their student. Participants will also be provided lunch, and we're asking a $5 registration fee to help partly cover the costs.
Dear policy makers:
As the principal of a high school with 1,350 students, I want to register a number of very serious concerns about the planned State testing schedule for 2014-15. This year’s planned testing will seriously hurt student learning and is an unworkable burden for high schools. Further, the results from these tests will mean almost nothing to students or schools moving forward. As such, I would strongly encourage a complete reconsideration of the proposed testing schedule.
Countless studies have confirmed over and over again that the single most important factor in determining the success of a school and its culture is the leadership provided by the Principal.
Every decision and every action reflects what is best for the students. Principals understand that the most important aspect of their job is advocating for students. Not a day, or rarely an hour, goes by when Principals are not making important decisions regarding the learning or the safety of students under their supervision.