Changes to 31a identification worksheets and new program guidelines will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year. Important information will be shared at workshops offered around the state in upcoming weeks. Make sure you, or someone from your organization who interacts with 31a At Risk funding, are registered for this very important informational meeting.
The Reading Now Network Data for 2017 is now online. NEW this year is an online, interactive tool from Tableau and an updated MS Excel Document. Find links to the data on the RNN Data Tool page.
What is coming in 2018-19
The law (PA 173) requires student growth to increase to 40% of an educator's evaluation for tested grades and subjects. Half of the measure shall be based on growth and assessment data from the state assessment. The other half comes from local assessments. What happens when benchmark assessments such as NWEA-MAP, iReady, and STAR become approved by the state as the state tool to measure student growth? What will districts use to measure local growth and assessment data?
Solution: Simple Gain or Categorical Growth?
Since Student Learning Objectives are simple a PROCESS and a FRAMEWORK, educators must choose a growth measure to set growth targets. The two most common growth measures are Simple Gain (i.e. pre/post-testing) and Categorical Growth. Portions of the Practitioner's Guide from CCSSO focuses on these two common forms of growth: Simple Gain and Categorical (PDF). An example of categorical growth can be seen in the Sample Algebra 1 SLO by OAISD. Both guidance and the blank template can be found on the SLO Writing Guidance page.
Recent presentation on writing a SLO using interim assessments typically used within a PLC was offered in August: Key slides and ALL potential slides with links.
During the month of May and June, school districts and buildings are in the process of updating their DIP's/SIP's. If you are "stuck" on how to write a quality goal, go to Required Reports and click on District or School Improvement Plan (DIP/SIP).
RNN Presentation (PDF) at the Governor's Summit on Education & Talent.
The Reading Now Network (RNN) began in 2012/13 by studying high performing schools in West Michigan. The original findings of the qualitative study were cited in the Governor’s report chaired by John C. Kennedy. Since then, MASA Region 3 has separated themselves from the rest of the state in achievement around elementary reading and language arts. However, the early indicators of success are not the real story. The true story is around the collaboration and commitment of a 100 districts across Region 3 committed to improve 3rd grade literacy that has begun to spread to multiple regions. Join our panel of presenters to learn about the five findings, the interactive data tool, stories of collaboration and next steps for educators.
Links: RNN Page, goMASA RNN page, and Presentation 04.25.2017
Speakers: Amanda Price, Tom Reeder, Doug Greer, Jean Logan, Okeelah McBride, and Erin Brown.
Using RNN Data to Create Urgency
Rarely does summative data do anything for instruction, however, the RNN has found looking at data differently does create a sense of urgency. This is the building block for improvement (Kotter, 2012). In this session you will gain access to an interactive tool used by the RNN to both identify schools and measure progress compared to similar schools. Participants will also learn how to compare the highest performing schools and why we should not look at the state average. Links of interest may include:
Student Growth using SLOs:
A half day session focused on student growth for educator evaluations will include a streamlined document for student learning objectives. The key slides for the presentation will be posted HERE by the start of the session. Pages of interest for the session will likely include:
The release timeline for the state’s Scorecards, the Top-to-Bottom list and its tools, and the Annual Education Report (AER) is delayed as we coordinate with other state agencies. A new timeline is being established that will provide schools with ample time to communicate with their communities. Information is expected to be available in late January. Until that time, districts may continue to internally use data for instructional purposes, but we ask that the information remain publicly embargoed. Thank you for your patience.
This impacts the release of Focus Schools by MDE and Priority schools by SRO. No action will be taken until after the Scorecard release. Please note that the Annual Education Report will also be delayed.
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