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February 2019

The 2019 school and district improvement reporting tasks are now assigned in ASSIST™. Lead administrators and heads of institutions received a memorandum from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) outlining the reporting requirements for the 2019 reporting cycle.

MDE School Improvement Support Unit provides technical assistance and support to ASSIST users. For detailed instructions on submitting reports, please see the Resources section found on the AdvancED/MDE website. Note that there are tabs for Schools, Districts, and Quick Guides along with additional information. Please contact our office if you need further assistance.

Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP)

MDE is moving forward to integrate and    streamline the school and district reporting process with an emphasis on the “Whole Child.” The MDE is working with stakeholders to move toward the Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP), combining a whole-child district needs assessment with high-quality continuous improvement planning and support for a more integrated approach to securing grant funding. MDE will be rolling out more information regarding MICIP in the coming months.


All districts in Michigan are on a continuous improvement pathway that supports a district’s needs with data, funding, tools, and differentiated supports to improve whole-child outcomes.

To provide districts with a streamlined and integrated process and system for:

  • Diagnosing needs in support of educating the "Whole Child
  • Creating a high-quality plan that focuses on the systems and supports that districts need to implement a whole-child continuous improvement plan
  • Identifying how to use various funding streams and grants to implement that plan

Needs drive Plans, which drive funding.

This process will: 

  • Bring together pre-populated data in one location to facilitate a whole-child district needs-assessment process
  • Provide a continuous improvement process focused on the whole child
  • Provide evidence-based practice guidance
  • Provide alignment across compliance requirements resulting in time savings – allowing greater focus on improved student outcomes
  • Reduce reporting through multi-year cycle of continuous improvement


Source: Michigan Integrated Improvement Process

Next Steps:

  • Finalize the detailed process, tools, and systems
  • Begin requirements gathering for the technical solution/system
    • Internally – map inclusion of programs beyond historical district/school improvement
    • Select system
  • Promote Stakeholder engagement:
    • Internal and external communications around this vision and work
    • Input from multiple stakeholders
    • Conduct usability testing with a paper copy of the whole-child district needs assessment
    • Develop training on new tools and processes

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