ACT has announced that they will be hosting a series of regional, two-hour workshops to educate and answer questions about the new ACT Aspire™ assessment continuum (for grades 3-11) that premiers this spring. With the debate over state assessments and educator evaluations still very much alive in Lansing, knowing your options is more important than ever. See the announcement from ACT below and register for the session closest to you!
As noted in a previous edition of Weblines, section 21f of the School Aid budget outlines new requirements for online learning that schools must be in compliance with beginning second semester of this school year. Students in grades 5-12 must have the option of taking up to two online classes per semester. An FAQ has been developed along with a Parent Guide to assist you with questions and implementation.
Common Core is finally finished…well…mostly finished. On Thursday, the Senate passed a revised version of the Common Core resolution that made it through the House almost a month ago and, while the final version still needs House concurrence (which is expected next Tuesday), the Senate action was sufficient to meet the legal requirement for an "affirmative action" that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) needed in order to end what was effectively a mini-government shutdown caused by the CCSS fiasco.
The Senate has concurred with HCR 11 allowing the MDE to move forward with Common Core implementation in Michigan. While the Senate adopted an amendment today, it doesn’t change the substance of the resolution. The vote was taken by a majority voice vote, not a roll call vote – meaning there is no record of which individual lawmakers supported or opposed the resolution. Today's vote means that both chambers have now taken an affirmative action, which is the condition that needed to be met in order for MDE to move forward with CCSS related work.
Due to a scheduling conflict, our October 23 book chat with the authors of Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon, has been moved to Wednesday, October 30. So join us then for a discussion moderated by Wendy Zdeb-Roper the Executive Director of MASSP.