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Get Ahead of Changes to EDP Law

Earlier this year, the Michigan's Legislation changed the law governing what must be included in an Education Development Plan (EDP) and how often it needs to be revised is changing effective December 24, 2018. Among the new requirements imposed by SB 684 (now PA 231 of 2018), any 7th grade students who complete their EDP after this date will be required to develop a Talent Portfolio. MDE guidance on these new requirements is not yet complete, so planning ahead is going to be difficult, but there are a few things Principals can do now to get ahead of the changes.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Thursday morning's House Education Reform Committee hearing was pretty much the only education-related legislative action this week, but the panel managed to pack a lot into a one-hour hearing. The committee overwhelmingly reported out a pair of bills (HB 5707 and 6401) that would return the percentage of teacher and school administrator evaluations that must be based on student growth to 25% (back down from 40% where it moved at the beginning of this school year).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Legislature returned to Lansing this week for a few more days of session before the election and the Senate Education Committee wasted no time taking up a trio of bills that dealt with everything from cyber schools to foreign exchange students.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Legislature returned from their summer recess this week and, though they were only in town for a couple of days, the House Education Reform Committee held a hearing on Thursday morning on a variety of bills. For Principals, the biggest issue discussed was HB 5707, which would lower the percentage of a teacher's evaluation that has to be based on student growth from 40% back down to 25%. The bill just had testimony today, but there is a chance that it could move later this fall or during lame duck, so be prepared for how your district will react for a mid-year shift in the growth percentage and stay tuned…MASSP will keep you informed as this issue develops.

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2018 M-STEP Scores Released

The Michigan Department of Education publicly released results of the spring 2018 M-STEP and SAT this week. MDE's press release included aggregate statewide results, but more detailed numbers are also available through the mischooldata.org, allowing for comparisons between individual schools, grades and districts. But if you just read the headlines, you are missing a lot of important context about what these scores really mean.

So what were the results? Well, looking at the simple year-to-year change in proficiency rates by grade (the statistic picked up in most headlines I've read) shows: