Bob Kefgen's blog
The Michigan Department of Education has opened a formal public comment period to take input before it issues an RFP for the state's next assessment system. From now until August 5 MDE will be gathering feedback from educators and the public. It is important that Principals make their voices heard during this process.
Before they left for summer break, the legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 817, which, more or less, took Michigan temporarily back in time to the law that was in place for the 2012-13 school year. However, the legislature could pass new educator evaluation legislation (HB 5223-24) as soon as this September that would move Michigan several steps forward down the path to a research-based evaluation system. So how should a building principal plan for next year when there are two very different laws that could be in place?
As of June 20, new rules on teacher certification and renewal went into effect. These changes impact the requirements for renewing teaching certificates and for progressing from a Provisional Certification to a Professional Certification. Especially because the changes impact the use of District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) for renewing certification, it is important to make sure you understand what has changed as you plan ahead for next year.
The Michigan Department of Education has issued a memo that offers some clarification as to what the practical impacts will be of language in the 2014-15 School Aid Fund budget requiring the MDE to retiool the MEAP test for another year of use. Please see the memo below.
MEMO #084-14: Clarification on Student Assessment for 2014-15
For those who were able to join us at EdCon this year, you know that MASSP had the chance to recognize the work of two important legislative partners: State Representatives Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor). Representatives O'Brien and Zemke received the 2014 MASSP Presidential Service Award for their work on educator evaluation legislation to put in place a nation-leading, research-based educator evaluation system that would include high-quality training for evaluators and supports for struggling educators to help them improve.