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March 2018

Redesign of the School Improvement Planning and Processes

The ASSIST™ platform used to submit school and system level reports will cease to exist on September 30, 2018. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is in the process of redesigning the school and district improvement plan documentation and reporting processes. A committee of educators throughout the state is working on revising the existing reporting school improvement plan and district improvement plan templates. The committee also will be making a recommendation to MDE as to what electronic reporting platform will be used to complete and submit the required online deliverables for the 2018-19 school year. Final committee recommendations should be completed by the end of June. Schools and systems will be notified of the forthcoming changes prior to the start of the new school year.

Making Changes to Plans in ASSIST

The Goals and Plans are not directly tied to each other. Plans are designed to be your historical record, similar to a file copy. They are a snapshot of your Goals at the time the plan is created. The guide, Making Changes to Plans in ASSIST, provides ASSIST users with helpful information regarding making modifications and revisions to the existing goals or the addition of new goals.

Save the Dates

The AdvancED Michigan Fall Conference will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on October 11-12, 2018.

The Michigan Department of Education Fall School Improvement Conference will be held at the Lansing Center on November 19-20, 2018. Look for more information in May 2018.

School Improvement Support Unit

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

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