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Accommodations on National Weekend SAT Administrations

More and more students are looking to take the SAT another time in addition to the state-provided administration. In response, many Michigan schools have signed up to serve as weekend test centers. However, even if your school hasn't signed up to be a weekend test center, students with certain accommodations may still be looking to test at your location.

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College Board Accommodations Info

A recent edition of MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability has some great information about accommodations including guidance on handling extended testing time for students and submitting changes to accommodations. If you have a new student in your school who had been approved for accommodations at their old school, there are also instructions for transferring that a student's records over to your school's account within the College Board system.

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ESSA Feedback Forums

Beginning at Wayne RESA on November 29 and continuing at locations around the state through the month of December, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be holding a series of forums across Michigan to gather input from educators, advocates, parents, students, and the public regarding specific proposed components of the nation’s new federal education law: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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#MASSPchat 11/14 - Improving Communication

The Topic: Improving Communication
As we all know poor communication can lead to a number of problems. As administrators we need to focus on how to communicate clearly but also to adapt communication to the audience and to provide just what our stakeholders need.

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Preliminary School Scorecard and Appeals Now Open

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.