Ballard's picture

More Ammunition in the MI Math War

Our friends at Achieve have recently published some very helpful documents regarding linking the call for higher math skills and the modern workplace.

Here are some sites to go:

And -

Building Blocks give the rationale for the higher math expectations.

Math at Work are six different publications that show how math is critical in different work groups.

As the building administrator you're going to be a point person. You will find these materials very helpful.

Ballard's picture

Lack of Member Insight vs. Lower the Standard

Those attending the MASSP Summer Retreat received the inside scoop as to the legislative directions the association is going. We put it right up front, it's not wise of an associaiton of school principals to support legislative attempts that will create a headline that reads - Principals Support Lower Academic Standards. We have made significant inroads within the Department of Education and Legislative and Policy leaders to redirect the benchmarks to essential skills creating a priority for teacher and giving them much needed direction.

Ballard's picture

MASSP Looking for volunteer to work on Gary Peters Race

State Senator Gary Peters, while serving on the Senate Education Committee was a good friend of our association and educators in general. He listened to all sides, was thoughtful, and while following his caucus always was able to put in needed "course corrections" in legislation.

After leaving the Senate he ran for AG but was not successful. He went on to run the MI Lottery for a number of years. Now he running to represent the 9th Congressional District in Michigan. He is running against Joe Knollenberg.

Ballard's picture

I hear colleges are dropping ACT?

As I stand before various education groups the questions that come at me are often telling of what's being discussed over the coffee table. Lately, it's been, "I've read that colleges are dropping using the ACT or SAT for admission?" What is implied is, our efforts to have the ACT as the foundation for our high school tests were a mistake. I still believe MASSP did the right thing and here's why.

- We know that most colleges/universities still require official ACT/SAT scores from those who are enrolling.

drewrogers's picture

When is it time to move on?

I've been in the principalship eight years now. I sent my first four years working in a very small district. In my last year there the board of education was clearly running the superintendent out. I made a choice to continue to work for the superintendent and not individual board members. That choice certainly did not endear me to the board. So, when the superintendent left I chose to leave also.