With the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act and summer election season going full tilt, this week’s big education news got swallowed by other issues. Despite that, MME results released this week show continued improvement statewide in students’ performance on the exam. The Michigan Department of Education focused its message on the overall improvement while Education Trust Midwest put out a press release pointing out that the achievement gaps grew between white students and African American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged students.
Thank you to those of you who attended the EdCon 2012 conference. As I mentioned at my Michigan Council of Educator Effectiveness Update, I would like to hear your feedback on student growth measures. If you have a few minutes, please feel free to leave a few comments below about the following questions:
- Should the State evaluation data (i.e. MEAP, MME, Smarter Balance, etc.) be the only source of student growth data? Why or why not?
- Should local student growth models be allowed? Why or why not? How could we ensure that the local models are rigorous and legitimate?
The House Education Subcommittee on Teacher Certification and Continuing Education held their fourth meeting this week to discuss potentially changing the continuing education requirements for obtaining and maintaining a teacher certificate in Michigan. MASSP was on hand to explain that the new teacher certification rules developed by MDE largely addressed the concerns raised by subcommittee members and to answer committee member’s questions about continuing education and professional development.
The Legislature is gone...for now at least. While the House managed to pass the MPSERS reform bill, SB 1040, before they left, the Senate swung and missed, leaving the legislation and schools and school employees in limbo going into next school year.