Over the last several months I, along with all of you, have been immersing myself in everything SAT related – trying to get to understand the new assessment and what our students will need to know and be able to do to be successful. One of the key instructional strategies I see is close reading. Students need to be able to closely and carefully read a variety of texts to extrapolate information and apply it. This being said, all schools should have a reading or a literacy school improvement goal and close reading strategies need to be included.
What is close reading?
It was so nice to see so many of you at EdCon this past week! I know that it was a great time for me to reflect, learn, and get energized for the year ahead. Through talking with many of you, it was clear that the keynote speakers were top-notch and that you enjoyed your time in Traverse City! Start penciling the dates in your calendar for EdCon 2016, which are June 27 through June 29, 2016.
Helping students navigate an appropriate and fitting pathway to higher education is on the forefront for most administrations, districts and student families across the state of Michigan. But do students fully understand their intended career tracks prior to embarking on this journey? The horror stories of incredible student loan mismanagement and misguided career availability/outlook are far too common for todays college bound students. Which is why we are happy to announce the next big MASC/MAHS Student event!
A pair of important announcements were put out this week by the Michigan Department of Education. MI-Access and M-STEP preliminary reports for all grades are now available online, though the results are embargoed for internal use only. Also, MDE announced that ACT and WorkKeys student data files are expected to be posted later this week.
The following two announcements have been excerpted from MDE's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability:
Please see the announcement below which recently appeared in MDE's publication Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability:
Clarification on State-Administered 9th and 10th Grade Spring 2016 PSAT