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Steve Seward Joins MASSP Team

The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member, Steve Seward, who will serve as Associate Director beginning in May. We hope you will join us in welcoming him to the MASSP team.

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Spotlight Has Final Assessment Reminders and Updates

Testing is upon us. As your students get ready to take the SAT, PSAT and WorkKeys tests this week, MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability publication has some important reminders and information for you. This week's edition has several final reminders and clarifications for Principals and others regarding everything from accommodations to test materials to handling test day irregularities. Make sure you have the latest and greatest information going into test week.

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Celebrate National Assistant Principals Week

Join MASSP, NASSP and others across the country as we celebrate National Assistant Principals Week, April 11–15! AP Week is not only a time to show appreciation for assistant principals, but also a valuable opportunity to promote general excellence in school leadership. APs work hard every day to support you and the students in your building. Let's recognize their important contributions during AP Week!

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Assessment Updates: Accommodated Materials Shipments, Letter From Supt. Whiston, Spotlight, and Counselor Coordinator Training

There are a number of important updates related to state assessment that Principals will want to be aware of as we get ever closer to SAT/PSAT test day and the M-STEP testing window. You likely have received a communication recently from College Board regarding accommodated testing materials shipments, but even if not, a full explanation is below. State Superintendent Whiston sent a letter to the field this week with important clarifications regarding state assessments for this year.

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A Reminder to Read Spotlight As Test Day Approaches

With only two weeks left before state testing begins, it is important for Principals to make sure they are reading MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability publication. This weekly newsletter on all things state testing related has important information for Principals and other district staff responsible for state assessment administration.

Here's a breakdown of some of the key topics in each of the last three editions…