As you continue to implement Michigan's new evaluation law in your district, there are a pair of recent MDE memos that have information pertinent to that work. The two documents provide additional information around the teacher evaluation rating appeals period, which closes on December 1, 2016 and how and where districts should post the statutorily required assurances on their website.
Did you know that MASSP's Board of Directors made up of active administrators from across the state? Did you know that as an MASSP member you have the opportunity to serve on the Board? Hopefully you said, "Yes!" to both. We encourage you to learn more about what the Board does, who's serving now and how you can be a part of it! Please, read on…
The October 20 edition of Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability highlights both an upcoming deadline and more information on accommodated PSAT/SAT testing. If your district plans to apply for an online testing waiver in order to test paper/pencil this coming spring, you have until November 23. Principals will also want to be aware of a shift in College Board's policy for two-day consecutive testing that will hopefully make the process easier.
On Thursday, the Senate passed long-awaited legislation (HB 4388) that expands the allowable uses of sinking funds to include school security improvements and technology. This legislation has already passed the House and, because there were no amendments, the bill is now on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. It is important to note that existing millages, as well as any millages that are approved this November, would be unaffected by these changes.