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
The K-12 budget for the 2015-16 school year is a wrap; the final budget bills were adopted by the House and Senate this week and are now on to Governor Snyder for his signature. The House Education Committee took its first crack at educator evaluation legislation this session, taking up SB 103 this past Thursday during a lengthy two and a half hour hearing.
The House Education Committee took its first testimony this past Thursday on SB 103, a slowly improving though still largely gutted educator evaluation bill. The committee heard from bill sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) and a number of education groups, including MASSP. Reactions to the bill from interest groups were mixed as were the reactions from legislators on the panel, and all the presenters faced tough questions.
In January of 2015, the "Parent Responsibility Act" was presented to the Michigan House of Representatives by its sponsor, Al Pscholka. This bill would amend MCL 400.57b of the Michigan Social Welfare Act to prevent families with a child who misses too much school from receiving welfare benefits in the form of cash assistance.