The Senate Education Committee took testimony, but did not vote on legislation that is designed to give adult learners high school equivalency test options other than the GED (current state law specifically ties adult education funding to programs that administer the GED, which effectively prevents the use of alternative high school equivalency assessments like the HiSET or the TASC).
Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Dr. Michael F. Rice, superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, as the 2016 Michigan Superintendent of the Year.
MASA Executive Director Chris Wigent visited the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education meeting on November 5, 2015 to announce that Dr. Rice had been selected to receive the award.
The Topic: Establishing Purpose for Classroom Instruction
Setting purpose for instruction and alignment to standards is critical to high quality instruction. Students want to know: Why are we doing this? Why do I have to learn this? Teachers need to provide purpose and help students to connect the dots between the standard, the learning target and mastery of concepts.
On Tuesday, November 10 the State Board adopted new, more rigorous state content standards in science. The standards come at the end of a three year process of development, review, and public input. They are derived from the Next Generation Science Standards, but contain Michigan-specific material. While it will take several years for MDE to phase in the new standards completely and bring state assessments in line with them, it is important to understand the direction we are headed as a state.