MDE Communications to Note - Week of Sept. 24

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Each week, MASSP looks 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 regarding curriculum-related changes, which we encourage you to take a glance at. Each memo can be found below.

MEMO #145-18
Report of Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements Fulfilled by Completion of a Career and Technical Education Program or Curriculum

As of June 27, 2018, Section 1278a (2) of the Revised School Code requires the following: (c) Not later than September 1, 2018, and not later than September 1 of each subsequent school year, a school district or public school academy shall report to the department both of the following, in a form and manner prescribed by the department.

(i) The number of pupils who partially or fully fulfilled 1 credit in a language other than English by completing a department-approved formal career and technical education program or curriculum under this subsection in the immediately preceding school year.

(ii) The number of pupils who partially or fully fulfilled 1 credit in a language other than English by completing visual or performing arts instruction that is in addition to the requirements under subsection (1)(a)(iv) under this subsection in the immediately preceding school year.

Due to a low initial response to the survey, the survey has been re-opened until October 8, 2018. All districts are required to respond to the survey, including those with no students.

Read the full memo: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/1278a_MMC_CTE_Report_634378_7.pdf

MEMO #142-18
Social Studies Taskforce Membership

The Michigan Department of Education is establishing a Social Studies Taskforce to review and act upon the feedback from the Online Public Survey and the Listen and Learn sessions that have been held since the middle of May. The goal of the Taskforce is to update the Michigan Social Studies Standards with the end that the proposed standards are "fewer, clearer, and higher." The resulting standards, when approved, will provide improved guidance for Michigan teachers and administrators.

See the full memo: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/SS_Stds_634375_7.pdf