MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

September 26, 2013

World’s Best Workforce Presentation – Updated

Assistant Commissioner Steve Dibb has updated his PowerPoint presentation, which had been provided at the August Superintendents Conference. See the World’s Best Workforce PowerPoint presentation (PDF).


Minnesota Efforts for School Improvement Take the National Stage

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Assistant Commissioner Steve Dibb presented at the Center on School Turnaround Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. See the September 24 press release.


Preparation in the Event of a U.S. Government Shutdown – October 1, 2013

Please see the memorandum from Commissioner Brenda Cassellius regarding preparation in the event of a U.S. Government shutdown. For further information, we encourage you to contact MDE program staff.

American Indian Education Resolution Forms due December 15, 2013

Compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.78, requires that school districts that enroll 10 or more American Indian students complete the following Transmittal of Resolution documents each school year.

2013-14 Transmittal of Resolution Form

· Parent Committee Roster
· Parent Committee Resolution and supporting documents, as applicable

The necessary forms can be found on the MDE – Indian Education Web page. Please note that the district needs to convene a parent meeting in order to complete the forms. The completed forms should be mailed via U.S. Postal service to: Office of Indian Education, Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113.

Forms are due no later than December 15, 2013. Remember to keep a copy for your files.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing these documents, contact Dennis Olson (651-582-8300). Thank you for your cooperation.

Interscholastic and Intramural Athletic Activities Program

Each school/school district shall submit to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) an elementary and secondary athletic program report containing information about both intramural and interscholastic athletics provided. (Minnesota Rule 3535.3600). This report is due to MDE annually, on or before October 15, and must be completed online on the Athletics Data Reporting Web page. For assistance with questions about reporting this information, please contact Sara Winter (651-582-8237).

General Education Revenue Disparity Report

See the memorandum from Commissioner Cassellius regarding general education revenue disparity report. Questions concerning this report should be directed to Bob Porter, Division of School Finance (651-582-8851), or to Tom Melcher, school finance director (651-582-8828).

Principal Development and Evaluation

The pilot of the principal development and evaluation example model is nearing completion. See preliminary findings from the pilot researcher and example model resources. The pilot will conclude in October, and final findings will be released by December 2013. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Association for Secondary School Principals, the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, Minnesota School Boards Association, and other leaders from the principal evaluation work group will respond to pilot findings and make model revisions as pilot findings are released.

Districts must implement a process for principal development and evaluation that meets guidelines established in Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.147, starting in school year 2013-2014. MDE will request assurances in the fall that school districts are implementing development and evaluation models complaint with statutory requirements to support principals.

During school year 2013-2014, MDE is developing and piloting a survey of teachers that districts may use in their local principal development and evaluation models. You may access updates on the stakeholder survey that will be posted on the principal evaluation example model Web page.

For more information about principal development and evaluation, contact Gregory Keith, director, school support, (651-582-8316).

Teacher Development and Evaluation

Following the 2013 legislative session, Minnesota charter schools must evaluate teachers according to the requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.40, Subdivision 8, paragraph (b), clauses 2-12. To support charter school design and implementation work, the Minnesota Department of Education will be facilitating two-part work sessions for charter school teams. See the memorandum for more information.

All districts and charter schools should note that the 2013 Legislature revised the requirements for the use of student assessment data in teacher development and evaluation. Read the revised statute language.

Minnesota school districts and the exclusive representative of the teachers must jointly agree to a development and evaluation process that complies with Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.40, Subdivision 8, or section 122A.41, Subdivision 5, by school year 2014-2015. If the local district and union are unable to jointly agree, then they must implement the state example model. See the state example model. The Minnesota Department of Education will request assurances that school districts and local exclusive representatives of teachers are implementing development and evaluation models complaint with statutory requirements to support teachers. MDE is currently finalizing the assurances process via a signed letter or form from districts.

The example model for teacher development and evaluation is being piloted in school year 2013-14. The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota will be conducting the research study on the pilot and example model. CAREI will release initial pilot findings and recommendations in winter 2013-2014 and report final findings in fall 2014. Visit the CAREI website. Model resources, a list of pilot districts and pilot research questions can be found on the teacher evaluation default model page. As part of the pilot, MDE is developing and piloting a student engagement survey that districts and teachers may use in their local teacher development and evaluation models. Updates on the student survey will be posted on the teacher evaluation default model page.

For more information about teacher development and evaluation, contact Tyler Livingston, specialist, educator evaluation, (651-582-8427); or contact Deborah Luedtke, supervisor, school support, (651-582-8440).