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The Michigan Department of Education: Focusing On Student Achievement. Presentation to the OCTE Spring Update March 12, 2014 Venessa A. Keesler, Ph.D. Deputy Superintendent, Education Services . New Directions at MDE. MDE Mission and Priorities. Mission:

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the michigan department of education focusing on student achievement

The Michigan Department of Education: Focusing On Student Achievement

Presentation to the OCTE Spring Update

March 12, 2014

Venessa A. Keesler, Ph.D.

Deputy Superintendent, Education Services

mde mission and priorities
MDE Mission and Priorities
  • Mission:

“All Michigan students graduate ready for careers, college and community.”

mde priorities
MDE Priorities
  • Close achievement gaps
  • Increase the number of children in appropriate high quality early learning and development programs
  • Increase the number of children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade
  • Increase the use of personalized teaching methods
  • Implement policies and activities to drive quality improvement and accountability in Educator Preparation Institution programs
  • Reduce health and safety barriers to learning
  • [Seventh priority to be added—dealing with fiscal accountability, financially distressed districts, etc.]
how do we reach that mission how do we operationalize these priorities
How do we reach that Mission? How Do We Operationalize These Priorities?
  • Core areas of focus for Education and Accountability Services/our work:
    • Closing the achievement gap while accelerating achievement for all students
    • Moving beyond compliance
    • Effective educators
    • K-3 literacy
    • Data driven decision making
education services master plan
Education Services “Master Plan”
  • Key Areas of Focus
  • What these are:
    • The key pieces that help us make progress on the priorities
    • The elements to a holistic approach to improving our work on behalf of Michigan’s students
  • What these are not:
    • An all-inclusive list of all the work we do in our divisions
closing the achievement gap career and college readiness for all students
Closing the Achievement Gap; Career and College Readiness for ALL Students
  • Why does this matter?
    • Too many Michigan students are being left behind—at each stage of the pipeline
    • Success as an educational system means making sure each and every student has access to high-quality education
  • Key initiatives:
    • Delivery plan to implement gap closure strategies
    • Associated research agenda
    • Priority and Focus school interventions
    • Achievement gap focus in CTE data
    • Early Middle Colleges, enhanced dual enrollment, CTE articulation agreements, opportunities for credit while still in secondary education
    • Integration of gaps into accountability system and development of associated data tools
building on moving beyond compliance
Building on/Moving Beyond Compliance
  • Why does this matter?
    • We have been compliant; compliance has not uniformly led to increased student achievement.
    • Compliance is necessary… but it is not sufficient
    • How can we, as the SEA, renew our focus on students, find innovative ways to support good practice, provide technical assistance BEFORE a district is non-compliant, and act as a partner in the educational system and process?
  • Key initiatives:
    • Data tools to use assessment and accountability results
    • Strategic policy evaluation and research
    • Leveraging grants
    • Quality in plans initiative
    • Reducing reporting burden; aligning requirements
    • Focus on technical assistance and models; early adopters and fast followers
effective educators
Effective Educators
  • Why does this matter?
    • Education happens at the intersection between a student and a teacher, in the presence of content.
    • Michigan needs talented, trained and well-supported educators to make this happen.
  • Key initiatives:
    • MCEE report on educator evaluations; legislative work to support this report
    • New teacher standards (InTASC)
    • Revised EPI Performance Score
    • MTTC cut scores
    • Educator evaluations for CTE educators
early literacy
Early Literacy
  • Why does this matter?
    • In the educational pipeline, students need to gain skills in literacy (and numeracy) early in their educational careers.
    • By the time we test in third grade, it is very late in the game for those students
  • Key initiatives:
    • We will be putting together an overall plan using the delivery model starting this month
    • Researching/learning about multi-tiered systems of support and how they can support this goal
    • Third grade retention bill; legislative interaction
    • Kindergarten entrance exam
    • K-2 interims
data driven decisions
Data-Driven Decisions
  • Why does this matter?
    • We need to work smarter, not harder.
    • We need to use the massive wealth of data we have to actually improve education.
    • When decisions are informed by information in a timely manner, we have a better chance of identifying the correct solution to problems in education.
  • Key initiatives:
    • Strategic Policy Evaluation and Research work: having evidence available on core priority areas
    • Collaboration with CEPI to refine the portal
    • Continued development and enactment of a strategic research agenda that addresses our major priority policy areas
    • Having actionable data in the hands of MDE program offices, districts, ISDs, schools and teachers to inform instructional decisions
other pieces of that chart
Other pieces of that chart
  • Cross-Office Work
    • Specific cross-office collaborations that
      • Directly support the key areas of focus and
      • That we are involved with directly
  • Office Specific Focus
    • Specific topics/areas within each office that
      • Relate directly to the key areas of focus and
      • That we are involved with directly
    • NOT fully inclusive of all the work completed by an office!
roadmap for the next six months
Roadmap for the Next Six Months
  • Focus on getting Ed Serv offices the data and the training they need for data-driven decision making.
  • Greater alignment between our offices and initiatives; we do not have sufficient staff or resources to duplicate efforts AND it burdens the field.
  • How do we tie finances to academics?
  • Finalize an early literacy plan and begin implementation
  • Multi-tiered systems of support—how to encourage, how to align work across all offices, how to support the field
  • Develop and finalize our approach to postsecondary transitions and to STEM
  • Reduce reporting burden for our schools, particularly our Priority schools
roadmap for the next six months1
Roadmap for the Next Six Months
  • Implementing a balanced assessment system
  • Building out strategic policy evaluation research capacity and systems
  • Implementing the revised EPI score
  • Recruiting high-quality providers for advanced professional licensure
  • Supporting schools in educator evaluations—system build and technical assistance
leadership goals vision
Leadership Goals/Vision
  • Focus on students
    • Ask ourselves: “How will this help us increase career-and college readiness in students, close achievement gaps and accelerate achievement for all students?” If we can’t answer that, consider whether we need to do it…
  • Cross-office collaboration; integrated and innovative approaches to our work
    • Helps create alignment for the field if we align our initiatives.
  • MDE Connection with the field
    • Within the state and national connections
  • Decision-making informed by data, information and research
focus on students
Focus on Students
  • We are the Department of Education
  • We have a special privilege and responsibility in state government as being entrusted with providing leadership and support for over 1.5 million students, 100,000 teachers, 20,000 administrators, 3500 schools and 800 districts.
  • It is about the students. Every day, we need to remember that.
  • Make our decisions here based on what helps students receive a higher-quality education
major hot topics and challenges
Major Hot Topics and Challenges
  • Educator evaluations
  • Assessment decisions and transitions
  • Third grade retention bills
  • Letter grade bill/accountability system
  • Statewide School Reform and Redesign District
  • New science standards
  • ESEA Flexibility: next steps
  • Others that you want to ask about?
thank you

Venessa A. Keesler, Ph.D.

Deputy Superintendent, Education Services

Michigan Department of Education