Over the past several days, we have updated some areas of the sitimeline. The practical monthly checklist has been revised to be more reader friendly and incorporates embedded support links. In addition, a new Comprehensive Needs Assessment page has been developed and is ready to use. We hope this page will provide clarity around the question "What is a CNA?" All schools are required to complete a CNA under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
A Change Process that impacts adult culture and student achievement
Join us on Monday, November 20, at 2:45 p.m. in banquet room 8 of the Lansing Center.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - V. Lombardi.
As we continue to reflect on what defines success in some area schools, we see some of the same principles from Kotter’s Change Process, which begins with a sense of urgency. Learn how we create urgency through the lens of poverty and the stories of multiple elementary schools across two districts. Common steps in a change process, however, context really matters. Leave with tools to begin your own session. Resources linked here the day of the conference:
Upcoming changes 2017/18 and beyond
MDE has negotiated with Advanc-ED to continue for one more year (2017/18) the ASSIST platform. However, most compliance reports have become optional, knowing best practice is to make the best use of the school improvement process using your own templates or continuing to use those in ASSIST. The key is to make the process practical for your school and district. The Home page provides the general requirements for three different situations: Priority schools, Advanc-ED external review, or the most common option for both Advanc-ED and MDE accredited schools pictured below. In addition, slides for the SI Update at OAISD on 10/16 are located here.
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:
Check here for recent updates or simply add to your RSS Feeds