Superintendents' Newsletter

February 2016

Great Leaders Grow

In the book, Great Leaders Grow by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, they talk about the necessity for continuous growth. The leaders ability to grow determines their ability to lead. How are your building and district leaders growing? Building leaders should be lead learners. Here are some ways to find out:

1. Have them discuss their most recent professional development book they've read

2. Have them discuss a recent professional development they attended and how it is impacting teaching and learning in their building

3. What are they learning from their teachers? students? parents? data?

"Great leaders don't think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less." -Blanchard

Spring 2016-Testing Schedule Update

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Opt Out

"There is no legal opt-out right" ----Lisa Swem

Many schools may make state assessment as a part of their graduation requirement which also ensures that it be taken. With state testing requirements, participation percentages and student growth in particular---it is critical all students are tested.

Custody Refresher Handouts

We will post the Custody Refresher Handouts on Blackboard for your reference.

Quick Facts to Know about Spring Assessment Changes:

1. ELA M-STEP Performance Tasks only for grades 5 and 8

2. Removal of classroom activities in both ELA and Math

3. There is no longer a grade 11 ELA and Math M-STEP, MDE will use the SAT for 11th grade ELA and Math accountability

School Improvement Key Dates to Remember:


School System Review (SSR) OR Interim Self-Assessment or Self Assessment

DUE March 18

School Improvement Plan (SIP)

DUE September 1


District System Review (DSR) OR District Interim Self Assessment or Self Assessment

DUE April 22

Assessment Links and Updates


MDE Link to all Things M-STEP


Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

  • January 14: Spring 2016 Guide to State Assessments
  • January 7: Classroom Activities Eliminated, Pre-ID, Accommodations Webinar
  • December 17: M-STEP Building & District Aggregate Data Public Release
  • December 10: M-STEP Parent Reports, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs
  • December 3: Test Results Embargo Reminder, WIDA, Accommodations
  • August 20: News on 2016 M-STEP & MME, KEA Pre-ID

Professional Learning at GISD

February/March 2016

Program Evaluation Update

February 24 at 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:30 AND March 9 1:00-3:30

Click HERE to go to the catalog

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