In this edition of MASSP's new podcast series we talk to MDE's Deputy Superintendent of Education Services Vanessa Keesler. Vanessa talks about her background as an educator, Michigan's continued transition to the M-STEP and SAT in the 2015-16 school year, plans for state assessments moving forward, and the shifts in accountability brought about by Michigan's ESEA flexibility waiver renewal.
On August 7, Bob Kefgen wrote an article for Weblines specific to new requirements current law (section 1249) mandates for the 2015-16 school year specific to educator effectiveness. Bob outlined requirements that will likely require some adjustments to your current policies and procedures.
Principals will want to be aware of two memos put out by MDE this week. The first offers guidance for schools on how to certify compliance with requirements around constitutionally protected prayer, eye protective devices, and Constitution Day. The other outlines the window and process for appealing their graduation rate data for the 2014-15 school year.
Both memos are reproduced in their entirety below.
MDE Memo #082-15
The MDE is rolling out new K-12 science and social studies standards for Michigan students and they want to hear from you! The two new sets of standards have been in the works for several years now and the MDE is seeking feedback from the field before finalizing their recommendation to the State Board. To that end, MDE has set up an online survey and is holding a series of informational sessions at locations around the state over the course of the next month and a half.
The MDE has set up two separate webpages dedicated to the proposed standards.
Michigan’s new State Superintendent, Brian Whiston, and the State Board of Education invited a number of education organizations to present their ideas on how Michigan can become a top education state. There are two days of presentations - scheduled for today, August 11, and September 8 - and each group gets 8 minutes to give their input. Here is a link to the live stream of the Board Meeting, tune in at 1 p.m.: http://mistreamnet.org/videos/3486/august-11-2015-state-board-of-educati...
Here’s the schedule of presentations for today from 1:00-3:00 p.m.: