MDE Communications to Note - Week of Nov. 27

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Each week, MASSP looks through all of the MDE communications sent to the field, including Press Releases, Memos and Spotlight, to ensure that you're aware of important information and deadlines. Below are two items to take a look at.

Michigan ESSA Plan Approved By U.S. Department of Education

Michigan's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was approved Tuesday evening by the U.S. Secretary of Education. According to State Superintendent Whiston, Michigan's ESSA plan has a "whole child" focus; will have less student testing; focuses on student academic growth; institutes a Partnership Model for improving low-performing schools; has a school accountability system tied to the Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan; gives schools more flexibility on how they choose to improve; and gives schools greater ownership in how they follow their own plans.

ESSA was signed into federal law on Dec. 10, 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. This law represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision-making at the state and local levels. ESSA requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools.

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New Manuals Aim to Help Strengthen Career Readiness Programs and Bolster Opportunities for Students

Michigan's new Career Preparation Readiness Manual and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Playbook were created by the Michigan Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education in partnership with the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED). Both items can be found on MDE's website.

The Career Preparation Readiness Manual helps local school districts create programs for students to explore a variety of career opportunities throughout their K-12 education. It also shows districts how to incorporate career preparation and career exploration opportunities for all K-12 students, not just those in CTE classes.

The Playbook helps local districts determine what type of CTE education program would be appropriate for their communities and guide school boards and administrators through the steps to create a new program. The Playbook covers what is included in a CTE program; how to apply to be a state-approved program; and expected additional costs.

Click here to read the full press release.