MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

December 12, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – December 18 CANCELED

The December 18 conference call with Commissioner Cassellius has been canceled. Please join the commissioner at the next conference call scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 9:30-10:30 a.m.


More Minnesota Children Ready for Kindergarten than Ever Before

72.8 percent of students prepared to succeed in school, according to data released in Minnesota School Readiness Study. Read December 11 press release.


“One Plan” Survey for Superintendents and/or District Staff

In conjunction with the World’s Best Workforce legislation requiring districts to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will align district educational initiatives from pre-kindergarten to high school graduation, MDE is exploring the possibility of creating a structure to simplify multiple application processes and components. Ideally, this “unified” application (or One Plan) would allow more efficient application development and promote more strategic alignment across multiple applications/plans, intended outcomes, and funding sources (for example, common or general information that is required of multiple applications/plans would not need to be repeated).

MDE is seeking your input to inform the agency’s “One Plan Initiative” work group. Please take five minutes to complete this quick survey by January 3, 2014.

Your feedback and ideas are greatly appreciated and valued! Take the One Plan Initiative online survey.

If you have questions regarding the One Plan Survey or the World’s Best Workforce initiative, please send them to

New Website Location for Secure Reports

Please note that all reports requiring superintendent authorization (secure reports), previously available under Data Reports and Analytics, have been moved. You may find these reports on the new Data Center > Secure Reports page. They are organized by program area, to make them easier to find and use. Just click on the Data Center and select Secure Reports. Visit new Secure Reports Web page.

Reporting Standards-Based Marks on MCCC K-8 Student Course Records

While the Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) system currently accepts multiple marks, which schools may use to report standards-based marks, some vendors did not program the K-8 Student Record data pulls to include multiple marks based on standards. The MCCC team has begun working to add early childhood data to the MCCC collections which will include standards-based mark reporting on the Student Record file. Once Early Childhood is implemented, the capacity to report standards-based marks across all grade levels will be available through all vendors.

We are aware that some schools will not be able to report any K-8 standards-based marks until this change is made. If you need clarification or have any questions concerning this issue, please feel free to contact Cheryll Ostrom at 651-582-8417 or

See guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education regarding legislation passed during the 2013 session which allows a variety of assessments to be used to qualify a student to earn a Minnesota high school diploma, and the MARSS reporting for graduation status. Refer to Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30, Subdivision 1.

For assistance with questions about MARSS reporting, contact

Pathways to Postsecondary – Regional Leadership Summits Filling Up Fast!

Aligning systems through postsecondary partnerships for student success. You are invited to assemble a secondary or postsecondary team to deepen your common understandings of newly-enacted legislation and to explore opportunities for new or expanded partnerships between our E-12 and postsecondary systems that will better prepare our continuum of learners to be career and college-ready. Register soon!

Space is still available in Rochester with an additional summit being hosted in Marshall on January 15. If you have already registered for the Rochester summit, and would like to move to the Marshall location, please contact Jessica Espinosa directly at:

The deadline to register for Marshall is Friday, January 10. Register online for the Marshall summit.

Schools and Libraries Survey

State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, seeks to bolster the capacity of public libraries and schools to establish partnerships that support Minnesota children in developing essential literacy skills and a love of reading. Public libraries and schools share many child and family literacy goals and a dedication to success in school. At the same time, we have unique and special roles and would appreciate your help in exploring how State Library Services may be able to create new opportunities for librarians and educators to support youth literacy.

Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey. Your response will help us better understand the current relationship between public libraries and schools in Minnesota. You are welcome to forward the survey link to additional educators in your district. Take the Schools and Libraries online survey. For more information, please contact Jennifer Nelson (; 651-582-8791. Thank you.