MASSP has received several emails and calls this week regarding Pupil Accounting requirements for students who take one or more online courses. Therefore, we want to clarify/remind you of changes in this year’s MDE Pupil Accounting Manual (PAM) that deal with online enrollments.
There are new requirements for counting a pupil in membership, including the completion of two-way interaction logs in some instances, if you claim online enrollments under 5-O-A, 5-O-B, 5-O-C, and/or 5-O-D.
This week's issue of Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability from MDE has three articles that Principals will want to be aware of: the date of the MME test administration webinar previously scheduled for Oct. 6 has been moved, free SAT practice materials are available for students through Khan academy, and new dates and locations have been added for SAT implementation workshops due to overwhelming demand. The three articles are reproduced in their entirety below.
The Topic: Climate and Culture
No matter how great your school is and how positive the relationships may be there are generally a few folks not "on the bus" (as Collins would say). How do you work with a staff member who is disgruntled or negative? There may even be times when morale on the staff is low in general- how do you turn that around? Let’s share some tips and tricks for creating a positive environment.
With its passage yesterday out of the House Education Committee, educator evaluation legislation moved further along in the process toward completion than it has ever been. The bill moved forward on short notice with education groups and committee members alike getting copies of the proposed legislation just the day before the vote. Despite that, the final bill received favorable preliminary reviews from many education groups and school attorneys. It also passed the committee with 14 yes votes out of 17 members.