Officials from the state Department of Treasury and the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met formally on Friday to come to consensus on the revenue numbers that the Governor and Legislature will use in building their budget recommendations for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The bottom line for schools is that, School Aid Fund revenue appears to be relatively flat and stable going into next year, though a large shortfall in general fund revenue could end up hitting schools, so be conservative.
The committee chairs and members for the House and Senate Education Committees and K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee have been named and there will be many new faces this year.
With so many new members in both the House and the Senate, it is difficult to say what the makeup of these committees is likely to mean for education policy and budgeting. As always, MASSP members should make an effort to reach out to their local elected officials and establish a positive relationship with him or her. You never know when you might need to use it.
Not only is Michigan switching from ACT to SAT in 2016, the SAT itself is getting a huge overhaul. Out goes the 2400-point scale, the surfeit of esoteric vocabulary, and the penalty for wrong answers that discouraged guessing.
Over the last several days MASSP has been compiling a list of the questions we've been receiving from the field and doing our best to find answers to all of them. Depending on the question, we have had mixed results. What follows is the first round of what will be an ongoing dialogue over the weeks and months to come. MASSP is committed to getting information out to the field in a timely manner so that you can plan ahead and be prepared to help your students and staff cope with the transition.
I am pleased to announce the upcoming transition from the GoObserve apps to Pivot 2.0 and Pivot lite! It's incredible how far we have come from the initial GoObserve app for Palm Pilots that launched in the mid-1990's, to the release of the basic iPad and Android versions of GoObserve in 2010, and premium versions in 2012.