MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

May 9, 2014


Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) Announces Reporting Year Deadlines

· Reporting years 2011-12 and 2012-13 are currently open.
· Reporting year 2013-14 will open November 1, 2014.
· Reporting year 2011-12 will close November 1, 2014.

Reporting year 2011-12 data will be the first year of MCCC K-12 data loaded into the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Database (SLEDS). To have your school district’s information included in the SLEDS data warehouse, you must have entered MCCC data for 2011-12 before November 1, 2014.

MCCC data will be loaded to SLEDS annually for each reporting year thereafter.

For more information, contact Cheryll Ostrom (651-582-8417).


College Knowledge Month – Explore. Plan. Apply!

October is College Knowledge Month in Minnesota. Participation in this initiative is one strategy schools can implement to help meet legislation requirements according to Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.125 (Planning for Students’ Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment). Register your school by the preferred deadline of June 15. Access online registration.

Sponsored by a network of K12, higher education and nonprofit partners, the goal of College Knowledge Month is to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply for college. A month-long effort allows students to do more than just submit an application. Applying is only one step of the college application process — the result of thoughtful exploration and planning.

The College Knowledge Month steering committee will provide resources, materials, support and training for registered sites to assist with their programming. Training dates have been announced and include options for new and returning site coordinators in May and September. Access training dates on the Office of Higher Education website.

View further information on the College Knowledge Month Web page.

Questions about College Knowledge Month? Contact Beth Barsness (651-582-8336).

Proposed Permanent Rules on Teacher Education Programs, Student Teaching and Field Experience, and Technical Changes


Proposed Rules Governing, Institutional and Program Approval for Teacher Preparation

Minnesota Rules, part 8700.7600

Public Hearing

The Minnesota Board of Teaching intends to adopt rules after a public hearing following the procedures in the rules of the Office of Administrative Hearings, Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.2200 to 1400.2240, and the Administrative Procedure Act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 14.131 to 14.20. The Board will hold a public hearing on the above-named rules at the Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center B, Room 16, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 and continuing until the hearing is completed. The Board will schedule additional days of hearing if necessary. All interested or affected persons will have an opportunity to participate by submitting either oral or written data, statements, or arguments. Statements may be submitted without appearing at the hearing.

To view the full text with proposed changes, see the April 28, 2014, edition of the State Register, page 1401 (

Minnesota Computers for Schools – Monthly Promotion

Minnesota Computers for Schools refurbishes donated computers and provides them to schools at a minimal charge. Learn about their monthly discounts on the Minnesota Computers for Schools website.