As of June 20, new rules on teacher certification and renewal went into effect. These changes impact the requirements for renewing teaching certificates and for progressing from a Provisional Certification to a Professional Certification. Especially because the changes impact the use of District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) for renewing certification, it is important to make sure you understand what has changed as you plan ahead for next year.
No one questions that excellent instruction is the key to student learning. The essential question to ask is: What skills will enable school leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students?
We believe that evaluation goes hand in hand with deepening the expertise of teachers to engage students in high-quality learning while simultaneously increasing the expertise of school leaders to guide and support teachers in this improvement process.
For those of us seasoned administrators, we know that there is really no time off for summer vacations. Our minds are always looking/moving forward and the summer is a perfect time to focus on the “Re’s.” Re-charge, re-visit, re-focus, re-connect, re-evaluate re-vamp, and re-challenge ourselves. Most of us start every year with a list of goals and initiatives that for some reason either get pushed aside or we don’t get to accomplish them to the level that we had hoped. As I type this, my momentum for next year is at its peak…
As you are thinking about what you will use for student growth measures next school year keep these things in mind regarding Explore and Plan testing:
- EXPLORE/PLAN are no longer available as ACT makes the transition to Aspire in grades 3-10…this new program provides so much more, but it will take some getting used to, and is a bit pricier.
- EXPLORE/PLAN retired tests are no longer being sold by ACT. However, you may hear of another District or ISD that have been able to extend a current contract (there are a few out there).
The Michigan Department of Education has issued a memo that offers some clarification as to what the practical impacts will be of language in the 2014-15 School Aid Fund budget requiring the MDE to retiool the MEAP test for another year of use. Please see the memo below.
MEMO #084-14: Clarification on Student Assessment for 2014-15