MDE Communications to Note - Week of May 7

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Each week, MASSP combs through all of the MDE communications sent to the field, including Memos and Spotlight, to ensure that you're aware of important information and deadlines. On Thursday, several MDE Memos were issued that you don't want to miss regarding school safety training and the new Social Studies standards. Additionally, important information was released regarding the College Board's Answer Sheet Verification process and window. This process is absolutely critical for ensuring that schools have correct information for the accountability data.

Each of these items can be found below.

MEMO #071-18
Education-Related Professional Development Credit for School Safety Training

In light of recent school events around the nation, and in support of Goal #3 of the Top 10 in 10 to develop, support, and sustain a prepared workforce, school safety training has been approved for professional development credit for the current and upcoming academic years (2017-2018, 2018-2019) for use when renewing or progressing an educator certificate.

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MEMO #072-18
Update on the Social Studies Standards Public Comments

The 2007 Michigan Social Studies Standards are updated and ready for public comment. In April 2014, Social Studies experts from across Michigan began a process to update the Michigan Social Studies Standards. This team reviewed and edited all content expectations to make them fewer, consistent, and grade level appropriate. Once the draft document was completed, a period of public comment ensued. Given issues with that draft, a Focus Group including a broad range of perspectives, reviewed the standards and made important edits. The State Board of Education received that document on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, prior to a period of public comment.
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Questions about Spring PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT?

Call the Michigan Educator Hotline at (866) 870-3127 (select Option 1) or email

Answer Document Verification Window: May 23-May 30, 2018

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) answer document verification process on the Secure Site provides a way for schools to verify that all answer documents have been received and processed by the College Board. It is also used to resolve other potential issues with answer documents. The deadline to review and report PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade, PSAT 10, and/or SAT with Essay answer document issues through the Secure Site is May 30, 2018. See the article Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students beginning on page 1 of this week's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability for information on these processes. Student data released in the College Board's K-12 Reporting Portal is based on the information verified during this window and changes cannot be made once the window has closed.

PSAT 8/9 for 8th Grade Webinar

PSAT 8/9 will be administered in 8th grade starting in spring 2019 for accountability in ELA and math. The College Board is offering an introductory webinar on May 22, 2018 from 10-11am to provide brief information on the assessment, 2019 test dates, accommodations, reporting features, and how to begin preparing for the 8th grade administration. To register, please visit