Written by Dr. Jennifer Hammond, Principal, Grand Blanc High School and former president of the MASSP Board of Directors.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I bleed green and white. I was a first generation college student and loved every minute on campus at Michigan State University. I loved going to football games, making friends in my dorm and of course, taking challenging educational courses from the BEST teacher prep program in the country!
PA173 of 2015 (MCL 380.1249) requires all district to adopt and implement a rigorous, transparent, and fair performance evaluation system. Beginning in 2016-17, all districts must publicly post assurances that they have implemented their system with fidelity, thus ensuring "validity, reliability and efficacy."
Principals will be hearing a lot about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) over the coming months as Michigan works to implement the law that replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The new law will impact everything from assessment to professional development policy and, like NCLB before it, is likely to influence state education policy heavily over the coming years.
As things are gearing up for a new school year, we wanted to review what ESSA is, what changed from NCLB, and where in the process Michigan is with adapting to the changes.
Principals will want to be aware of two memos put out recently by MDE. The first offers guidance for schools on how to certify compliance with requirements around constitutionally protected prayer, eye protective devices, and Constitution Day. The other provides information regarding alternatives to dissection, specifically as they relate to Michigan's new science content standards.
Michigan's School Reform Office (SRO) made headlines this past week after Chalkbeat Detroit published an article in which officials in that office were quoted as saying they planned to close the state's "lowest 5%" schools.