A number of MASSP priority issues were discussed this week when incoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston addressed a joint meeting of the House Committees on Education and School Aid Appropriations on Wednesday. The importance of increased support for professional development, reducing testing time, and expanding opportunities for students to earn post-secondary credit during high school were all areas the state's new education chief highlighted in his remarks.
Sections 1248-1249 of the Revised School Code were game changers in Michigan for teacher evaluation. As with any change, this brought concern and anxiety, but I believe these changes were appropriate. For the first time in my educational career, the evaluation of teachers was undergoing a great deal of attention. Anyone reading this knows the story of the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness (MCEE), their work, and their 2013 report.
On Monday, MASSP's Wendy Zdeb-Roper and Bob Kefgen hosted a webinar to review the details of the recently adopted 2015-16 School Aid Budget and answer members' questions. For those of you who weren't able to join us live, we recorded our conversation so you can watch it at your leisure and share it with interested parties in your building or district.
To access the recording of Monday's budget webinar, simply click here.
Over the last few months the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals have been collaborating to complete a slide share series aimed at providing district and building administrators with an overview of the redesigned SAT assessment. The series is now complete with a total of 7 separate recordings. Please feel free to use these to build your own knowledge, to share with stake holders, and to use during staff or board meetings.
This week the Michigan Department of Education announced that, beginning in 2015-16, the state assessment system will expand to include PSAT testing for all ninth and tenth graders. State law requires annual testing for all ninth and tenth graders beginning next year, but the MDE has opted to use PSAT to fulfill that requirement rather than expanding M-STEP.
See the following announcement from MDE for more details:
Spotlight on PSAT