Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:44am

According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), there is no provision in state or federal law that allows parents to opt their children out of assessments, like the M-STEP currently being administered in schools, without it counting against their school and district’s participation rates. MDE offered its official position last week in a memo to ISD Superintendents, Local Agency Superintendents, and Public School Academy Directors.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:15am

MEA is partnering with NEA, the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to sponsor the Teaching Leadership Initiative (TLI) program. If you’re an MEA member and ready to take hold of your career and learn to lead in matters of practice and policy—if you’re an MEA member eager to make a difference in your classroom, but not sure where to begin—TLI is for you.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:33am

The two vendors who are currently administering the 2015 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assessments won a three-year contract to continue their work. Data Recognition Corporation, a Minnesota-based company, and North Carolina-based Measurement, Inc. were awarded the contract by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). 

Posted on 03/25/15 at 10:10am

The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, is collecting feedback from Michigan citizens about the Michigan workforce experience through an online surveyThey’re specifically looking for information from educators like you about career navigation.

Posted on 03/25/15 at 1:20pm

The ice has melted and the roads are worse.

Michigan’s deteriorating roads and bridges pose a serious safety threat to drivers. Crater-size potholes are responsible for extensive damage to our automobiles.

Posted on 03/23/15 at 12:01pm

There is a push on for the next two weeks to ensure that reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is done right this time. It's expected that the Senate will take up the ESEA on April 14.

What are the myths about public education in Michigan?

Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan research, information and advocacy center, compiled a list of the most common myths about education in Michigan. Their list is a result of discussions with many organizations—both educational and non-educational—across the state.

Michigan could become the first state with STEM certification on high school diplomas

The Senate and the House are both considering legislation which would give high school students certification in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on their diplomas. If such legislation becomes law, it would make Michigan the first state in the country to offer STEM certification. 

State extends deadline to opt out of electronic MEAP

In an effort to meet the Legislature’s requirement to revamp the MEAP test in time for next spring, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) continues to make changes to the MEAP. The latest change requires administering the test online and school districts have until Nov. 14 to file an online waiver request with MDE to offer a paper and pencil test option.

This last requirement has left districts scrambling to prepare teachers to give the test, to ensure that students are prepared to take the tests using an online format, and to have the necessary working technology. Many districts feel they don’t have the time to make the changes required by the new test and are choosing to file a waiver request. 

MDE had been counting on using the Smarter Balanced assessments because they aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but when lawmakers made it a requirement in MDE’S budget to offer the MEAP, it signaled the end to Smarter Balanced and a race to turn the MEAP into an assessment that would measure growth using CCSS. 

Last spring, when some school districts piloted the online Smarter Balanced, there were system crashes, computer screens frozen, or students needing to re-log in after they were kicked out of the system. Online testing had to be rescheduled which ultimately cost instructional time and unfairly penalized students for issues out of anyone’s control. 

These same concerns still linger with this new MEAP format.

In addition to changing the testing format of the MEAP, MDE has designated third through eighth and eleventh grade students to take the test and moved administration of the new MEAP from the fall to the spring.

 

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State school groups commit to improve testing

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) are promising to work together to improve assessments at the state and local levels. One of their specific commitments is to evaluate state assessment systems for quality and coherence. The two groups will partner with districts to review their assessments.

Charters at risk of suspension still need to address academic performance

Eleven Michigan charter schools met the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) deadline for fixing administrative issues like posting documents on their websites, but they could still face suspension this month over academic performance. State Superintendent Flanagan plans to meet with the authorizers of those 11 schools before deciding whether authorizers would be barred from opening any new charter schools until all issues are addressed.

Detroit News wrong about Dziadosz as a potential State Superintendent

MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz made it clear in a news release last week that she’s not a candidate for the position of State Superintendent despite claims made in a Detroit News editorial. Current State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will be retiring in June 2015 after 10 years in the position and the search is on for his replacement.

“Contrary to the News’ unnamed source, I am not a candidate for State Superintendent, nor have I had any conversations with anyone about a possible candidacy. I would have been happy to clarify that ahead of its appearing in the Detroit News, had I been given the opportunity. Unfortunately, I was not,” said Dziadosz.

The editorial claims that “cementing labor’s influence over the direction of education in Michigan would be a wrong turn.”  Dziadosz said, “Of course, as MEA works on behalf of the learning conditions of our students, we have a deep interest in the qualities and skills of the next superintendent. The column focused lots of attention on the perceived positon of potential candidates on charter schools. But this shouldn’t be a question of pro- or anti-charter—it should be a question of standing up for quality and transparency.” 

In addition to Dziadosz, the paper names Vicki Markavitch, superintendent of Oakland Schools; Scott Menzel, superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District; and Dan Varner, a current State Board of Education member and the CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit, part of a charter school network as possible candidates.

Magazine’s misrepresentation of tenure causes backlash

The November 3 issue of TIME hasn’t been out very long, but its cover story,“Rotten Apples: It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher,” is drawing criticism for its premise that there are many bad teachers in public schools and tenure and due process rights are making it impossible to get rid of them. 

Statement correcting misinformation in Detroit News about MEA exec as a potential State Superintendent

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 26, 2013 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz in response to a Detroit News column this morning listing her as a potential candidate as Michigan’s next State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Leon A. Brunner Award

The Leon A. Brunner Award was established in 1988 by the MEA/ESP Caucus Executive Board to recognize Michigan’s Educational Support Professional (ESP) who have made significant contributions to ESP and have exhibited a high degree of commitment to ESP issues and concerns while promoting ESP and having dedication to ESP members.

Nominations for ESP award due by close of business Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

Download a nomination form.

 

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