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Spring 2019 Testing Information Announced

Spring 2019 testing information was announced in this week's MDE Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accessibility. In case you missed it, the article in reprinted in its entirety below.

The PSAT 8/9 will be administered to 8th graders in place of the M-STEP English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments in Spring 2019 and will be administered as a paper/pencil assessment. Grade 8 students will continue to take the M-STEP science and social studies as online assessments. The M-STEP ELA and mathematics tests will still be available as optional assessments in Spring 2019 for those schools wanting to administer them.

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The College Board Wants to Share Your Story

The College Board is developing a principal webinar series and newsletter launch. The Michigan College Board team is looking for building administrators interested in co-presenting in a webinar series or authoring a monthly newsletter. If you have had success in one of the areas below and would be willing to share your story, please reach out to Jason Feig at


Webinar Title: "Building a Culture of College and Career Success"
Webinar Topics: Cross program primer on FY 18-19 CB topics

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Member Spotlight: Jenny Fee

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Jenny Fee, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, East Grand Rapids Public Schools

How long have you worked in education?
24 years

How long have you been an administrator?
11 years

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Legislature had a short week of session, wrapping up by the middle of Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers headed to Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. Over the past several years, there has been a concerted effort by Governor Snyder and legislative leadership to wrap up budgets prior to heading to the island, but not so this year as the much better than anticipated revenue projections reported two weeks ago left lawmakers with an unexpected windfall to spend and not enough time before the conference to negotiate how to spend it all.'s picture

Seeking Representative for MDE's Special Education Advisory Committee

MASSP is seeking a member volunteer to serve a three-year term on the MDE's statewide Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Andy Kowalczyk, Principal at Handy Middle School in Bay City, has been representing MASSP for the past two years, but is unfortunately unable to finish his term on the committee. We thank Andy for his time and commitment to this important work!

MASSP must appoint a replacement for the remainder of Andy's term and the next three-year term on the committee. The position is for a "defined member," meaning that the representative we appoint must either be the parent of a child with an IEP or a person who self identifies as having a disability.

Here's a little more information about the SEAC: