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MDE Announces Spring 2016 Assessment Details

In this week's edition of their Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability publication, the MDE released a number of important details about the upcoming Spring 2016 assessments including the M-STEP testing dates, wraparound testing for 11th grade students, and a reduction in the number of performance tasks.

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Teachers Matter!

I don’t feel well!  Lately I have had to say too many goodbyes, and frankly it makes me ill.  My teachers, my colleagues, my FRIENDS are leaving.  They are leaving my district, they are leaving my state, and they are leaving my profession.  Some have retired.  Some have taken jobs in other school districts (and other states).  Some have simply quit teaching altogether.  All have been motivated by one thing…to improve their lot in life.  They are looking for better pay, better working conditions…RESPECT!  And who can blame them?'s picture

MASSP Podcast - Interview with MDE's Vanessa Keesler

In this edition of MASSP's new podcast series we talk to MDE's Deputy Superintendent of Education Services Vanessa Keesler. Vanessa talks about her background as an educator, Michigan's continued transition to the M-STEP and SAT in the 2015-16 school year, plans for state assessments moving forward, and the shifts in accountability brought about by Michigan's ESEA flexibility waiver renewal.

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#MASSPchat 8/17 - Measuring Student Growth for the 2015-16 School Year

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On August 7, Bob Kefgen wrote an article for Weblines specific to new requirements current law (section 1249) mandates for the 2015-16 school year specific to educator effectiveness. Bob outlined requirements that will likely require some adjustments to your current policies and procedures.'s picture

MDE Memos: Required Certifications and Grad Rate Appeals Window

Principals will want to be aware of two memos put out by MDE this week. 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 outlines the window and process for appealing their graduation rate data for the 2014-15 school year.

Both memos are reproduced in their entirety below.

MDE Memo #082-15
Required Certifications