Principals will want to be aware of an upcoming deadline related to school accountability. The MDE has released preliminary school scorecards for the 2015-16 school year. Schools or districts wishing to appeal the information on their scorecards have until 5:00 PM on November 14, 2016 to do so. For more details, see the article from this week's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability, reproduced below.
As you continue to implement Michigan's new evaluation law in your district, there are a pair of recent MDE memos that have information pertinent to that work. The two documents provide additional information around the teacher evaluation rating appeals period, which closes on December 1, 2016 and how and where districts should post the statutorily required assurances on their website.
On Thursday, the Senate passed long-awaited legislation (HB 4388) that expands the allowable uses of sinking funds to include school security improvements and technology. This legislation has already passed the House and, because there were no amendments, the bill is now on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. It is important to note that existing millages, as well as any millages that are approved this November, would be unaffected by these changes.
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Principals Summit in Detroit. At the Summit, I was fortunate enough to present a session called "Making Time for Instructional Leadership". As one of the biggest issues facing administrators today, we continually see the research and importance of being instructional leaders, but then the reality and demands of the job set in. Let's chat and share ideas for maximizing our time for the purpose of instructional leadership!