Spring is nearing and the educational topics to explore are endless. Let’s take the time to share and reflect on multiple ideas; ideas focused on the most current educational articles and research. We will engage with the topics of: culture, decision making, professional learning, and goals. As we explore these questions, together, we will be supporting our own thinking as well as the thinking of our colleagues. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and grow with fellow leaders.
This week's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability has a few important items to take note of, which we've outlined below. You can also access the full edition of MDE's newsletter here.
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Discussion is ongoing in both chambers related to school accountability systems and changing the current state law on intervention in academically struggling schools (this marks the fifth straight week for testimony in the Senate Education Committee and the second week for the House Education Reform Committee). Where these discussions are going to lead and what the timeline is for action is unclear…especially since school accountability is also wrapped up in the discussion on Michigan’s ESSA plan, which is currently out in a draft form for public comment.
You may have heard that Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair), who is chair of the Senate Committee on Education, today announced that he has created a special subcommittee on Michigan Merit Curriculum to review the state’s graduation requirement laws. The subcommittee will be chaired by Senator Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy). The timeline for this special panel is as yet unclear.
We understand that the constant changes to education policy are like drinking from a firehose for secondary principals. And therefore, this announcement could cause even more stress. Rest assured that MASSP will be heavily engaged on this issue as it unfolds in the coming weeks. Here’s what we know so far: