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ASSIST Reporting Update

School and district reporting tasks will be assigned in ASSIST™ by January 14, 2020. School and district-level personnel may update the goals and diagnostics at any time using the ASSIST reporting platform. Heads of Institutions (HOI) will be receiving a memorandum from MDE outlining the reporting expectations and requirements for the 2019-2020 reporting cycle during the first week in January. Please find reporting due dates information here.

Seeking Volunteers for Continuous Improvement Pilot

Cognia™ is seeking candidates for accreditation, accredited schools, and districts that are already participating with the Michigan Data Hub initiative to participate in a voluntary continuous improvement pilot program. Large districts may participate without including every school.

Continuous improvement process pilot details: 

  • Participating schools and districts will receive free professional development in early 2020.
  • Training includes the implementation of the Cognia continuous improvement process and resource tools from the Cognia improvement platform, including eleot® (the Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool®), surveys, and strategies.
  • Each continuous improvement team will include five district-level staff (for district implementations) and five school-based (per school) staff members.
  • Continuous improvement teams must commit to two non-consecutive full days of professional development between January and March and a third day in the late summer/fall of 2020.
  • Schools and districts will implement a continuous improvement process by collecting data using resources in the Cognia improvement platform and other local data.
  • Districts can use the created plan in alignment with the MDE April 1, 2020 deadline for district annual continuous improvement plan submissions.

For more information please contact Michael Nauss, Regional Director, at 1-888-413-3669, extension 5631. The deadline to notify of intent to participate is December 13, 2019

School Improvement Support Unit

The MDE School Improvement Support Unit provides technical assistance and support for ASSIST users. For detailed instructions on submitting reports, please see the Resources section found on the Cognia/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.

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