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Assessment Changes for 2018-19: The Basics on Benchmark Reimbursement

Michigan’s state assessment system will look a little different for the 2018-19 school year. Section 104d of the State School Aid Act (P.A. 265 of 2018) allocates a total of $9.2 million for reimbursement to districts for the purchase of one of three types of assessments:

  1. A computer-adaptive test; or
  2. One or more diagnostic tools or screening tools, for pupils in grades K-3 that are intended to increase reading proficiency by grade 4; or
  3. Benchmark assessments for pupils in grades K-8.

To help districts work through the details, MASSP has put together a handy PDF document outlining this information.

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Law Change! MMC Recs and CTE Credit Reporting

MEMO #109-18 - Report of Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements Fulfilled by Completion of a Career and Technical Education Program or Curriculum

As of June 27, 2018, Section 1278a (2) of the Revised School Code requires the following:

(c) Not later than September 1, 2018, and not later than September 1 of each subsequent school year, a school district or public school academy shall report to the department both of the following, in a form and manner prescribed by the department:

    (i) The number of pupils who partially or fully fulfilled 1 credit in a language other than English by completing a department-approved formal career and technical education program or curriculum under this subsection in the immediately preceding school year.

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Embargoed Spring 2018 Student Data Files

The following is important information to make note of from MDE's Thursday edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability.

The Spring 2018 Assessment Administration Student Data Files are now available for:

  • ACT WorkKeys
  • SAT with Essay
  • PSAT 10
  • PSAT 8/9
  • MI-Access
  • M-STEP
  • Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2) – (available earlier)
  • WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 & WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs – (available earlier)
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Webcast: Important Legislative Changes for 2018-19

We've compiled a 9-minute round-up of the most significant changes in school policy and how these changes will affect you, your building and your stakeholders. This informational screencast is the first in our Back-to-School series and covers everything you need to know heading back to the building, including changes to MMC, the sub teacher shortage, Social Studies standards, admin certificate rule updates and student growth.

Click the image below to watch the screencast (mp4).


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EDPs: What's Your School Doing?

The Michigan Legislature has passed a series of bills that – among other things – will have a significant impact on student's Educational Development Plans (EDPs). The law specifies new timelines, additional instruction and opportunities that districts must offer students, and new information that must be shared.

In order to help guide our advocacy work with both lawmakers and MDE, we need your help to understand how schools currently manage this process.

Please take 5 minutes to fill out our brief survey. If you aren't the person in your district who handles this process, please feel free to forward this survey to a more appropriate person. We truly appreciate your feedback!