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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The public comment period on MDE's proposed Every Student Succeeds Act plan closed this week, but not before MASSP submitted feedback and the State Board of Education adopted a resolution during their meeting this past Tuesday to make a transparency dashboard rather than a letter grade system the default state accountability system if the legislature fails to enact something else. The State Board also made headlines when they adopted a resolution at that same meeting urging the Legislature to allow withholding of state funding from districts with Native American mascots, though the resolution has no impact on districts and legislation on the subject seems unlikely to make it through the legislature.

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Lots of Opposition During Second Hearing on Common Core Repeal

The House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness met Wednesday to take further testimony on HB 4192, a bill that would force Michigan to abandon our current content standards and assessments. This was the second hearing on the bill, but no vote was taken and none is currently scheduled. MASSP's Director of Government Relations Bob Kefgen was one of a number of people to testify in opposition to the bill, which saw very little support during the hearing.

The Bill

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Spotlight: SAT Corner

The following is important information from this week's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability. For more information or to view a copy of the entire newsletter, please click here.

Material Shipments
Testing materials are scheduled to arrive March 20-23. The test center supervisor and principal will receive an email with tracking information when the shipments are sent. Some tracking emails were sent before the packages were actually picked up by UPS for shipment. These tracking numbers will become active once UPS ships the packages.'s picture

#MASSPchat 3/27: Personalizing Learning

The Topic:
Personalized Learning has become a familiar buzz word (phrase) in education, as schools look for ways to allow students to determine the what, where, why and how of learning. The trend toward personalized learning is reflected in MDE's Top 10 in 10 plan, MDE's ESSA plan and it is also in the blueprint recently released by the Governor's 21st Century Education Commission -- so clearly this is a direction in which Michigan schools will be heading. For those of you who may not be familiar with this concept, if you are an ASCD member you can reference the March edition of Educational Leadership magazine which is devoted to the topic of Personalized Learning.

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#MASSPchat Recap - Student Mental Health