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SAT replaces ACT next year as indicator of college readiness

More changes in testing are in store for Michigan students. This year it was the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP); next year, on April 12, 2016, high school  juniors will be taking the SAT for the first time, instead of the ACT, as an indicator of how prepared they are for college. Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) awarded a three-year contract to the College Board that will administer the SAT for free.


Make school better next year with these tips

Summer break is a time to think about the past school year and begin planning for ways to make next year better. Education Week suggests there are "Three Things You Can Do This Summer to Be a Better Teacher in the Fall." 

Teacher evaluation bill is on House Education’s agenda this week

The House Education Committee will be taking up teacher evaluation legislation this week, but the current Senate version still doesn’t provide a teacher evaluation system that is based on research, protects teachers or is a fair process.

Webinar shows how to teach vocabulary without weekly word lists

Register now for an Education Week webinar showing how to teach new words in context, rather than memorizing vocabulary word lists. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. Literacy researchers from the University of Michigan and Michigan State’s schools of education will discuss their findings on vocabulary acquisition in the content areas. 

Michigan has 78 high schools ranked as one of the 205 Best

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Snyder proposes two separate school districts for Detroit

Gov. Snyder’s K-12 education plan to restructure Detroit splits the district into two separate ones—one to pay off the $483 million debt, and one to oversee enrollment and other district functions.

MEA takes a wait and see attitude on M-STEP’s new three-year contract

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). 

New ad for Proposal 1 emphasizes road dangers

The Safe Roads Yes! campaign has released its third ad in support of Proposal 1. The ad continues the theme that Michigan roads are hazardous with a first-hand account of what happened when a piece of road went flying through a driver’s windshield. Take a look at the ad to see the latest reason why Proposal 1 deserves a “yes” vote on May 5.

Flanagan predicts some schools will be out of deficit by school year's end

In his quarterly report to the Legislature on deficit schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced the possibility that 19 out of the 56 school districts in deficit may be out of the red by the end of June.