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.:
A quick reminder for Principals that, because final assessment and accountability data will not be available until fall, districts will not be required to distribute AERs and the related cover letters this summer. Hopefully this will make your August a little less hectic. This announcement was made in a May 7 memo from MDE, which you can find here. We have also reproduced it in its entirety below.
Annual Education Reports 2015-16
Principals should be aware of the announcement, published in this week's edition of MDE's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability, of a series of upcoming workshops at locations around the state regarding the SAT suite of assessments. The workshops will feature a morning session specific to counselors with an afternoon session designed for building administrators, test coordinators, and others that deal with assessment implementation.