This week's edition of the Michigan Department of Education publican Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability contained a pair of articles that will be of interest to Principals. See below for information on two assessment related topics:
- A pre-recorded M-STEP, MI-Access, and WIDA Student Supports webinar for those who weren't able to register for or attend any of the February or March webinars.
- New sample item sets in ELA and mathematics for students in grades 5, 8 and 11, which will be released this week.
The Topic: "What we have here is a failure to communicate…"
Ok, who read that and thought I was talking about Cool Hand Luke?! Love the movie, but it is also the perfect topic for this week's #masspchat! Communication is a key role for all Principals, yet one most struggle with at one point or another. Let's talk about how we keep the lines of communication open with all stakeholders- staff, students, parents, central office and the community.
On Wednesday, Governor Snyder presented his budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year. He also presented his plan to close the general fund deficit for the current year. The latter once again diverts School Aid Fund dollars away from K-12 schools to shore up the state's budget shortfalls in other areas. The legislature voted on Thursday to approve the Governor's short-term plan to backfill the general fund and will soon start debate on the Governor's budget proposal for next year.
Here are the big picture highlights for both of the Governor's proposals:
Do you have a Counselor in your building who goes above and beyond? The Michigan School Counselor Association (MSCA) is seeking nominations for the Michigan School Counselor of the Year Award. MSCA works closely with the American School Counselor Association in this effort. As you may know, First Lady Michelle Obama has taken a deep personal interest in this award as a way to celebrate and focus on school counselors throughout the country, and the National Award is being presented at the White House this year.