Please see the information below that was originally published in the December 4, 2014 edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability from MDE.
On November 13, 2014, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released long awaited details on the spring 2015 student assessment. The MDE heralded the release as “great news for our local districts” because “they have been very anxious to hear what the new assessment will be.” What we heard is that the that the cleverly named Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) is a combination of Smarter Balanced Assessment test items and some state developed items and for 11th graders, the test will also include ACT+Writing and WorkKeys.
The building principalship today is NOT what it was five years ago – heck, how about just two years ago? The requirements placed on building leaders range from student supervision, classroom evaluations, instructional strategies and practices, emergency response plans, school improvement plans and goals, the daily operations of running the building, the list goes on and on. What type of training and preparation did you receive to prepare for becoming a building level principal?
Leadership is a universal asset that transcends the boundaries of business, education and influential interactions among all people. How do we best maximize the leadership potential in our buildings teachers and students while promoting the importance of student inclusion to support school culture and climate?
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