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Officer Chair Update 10-5-17
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ThursdayOctober 5, 2017

Advocacy Day Canceled
Tuesday Oct. 17th, 2017

Michigan PTA has canceled Advocacy Day on Tuesday October 17th . Due to everyone's busy schedule we do want to give you the opportunity to join Michigan PTA for the first ever Virtual Advocacy Day over the phone on October17th! More details will be announced so keep an eye on your emails! Thank you to those who supported the effort to join us in Lansing.


Why are Assessments Necessary?
Tests and assessments preform many important roles in the education process. They can help students, parents and teachers know what a student has learned and what they still need to study. The results of assessments can inform a teacher’s lesson plans or identify achievement gaps in subgroups of students. School districts and states use assessments to evaluate whether they are meeting their goals and if students and schools are receiving necessary resources. Overall, assessments can be a good thing and can enhance our children’s learning. However, poor quality, misaligned and redundant tests serve no benefit and add to the “over-testing” perception. This newsletter will focus on what high quality assessments should look like.
What is Michigan PTA’s position on Assessments?
In their position statement, National PTA states that they “believe high quality assessments provide valuable information to parents, students, teachers and school leaders”. Michigan PTA stands behind this position and echoes the need for assessments to be “high quality”. We also share the view that neither one test nor a single data point should be used as the sole determinant of academic success. Assessments are one of many tools that can enhance a student’s learning.
PTA supports yearly state assessments in grades 3-8 and once in grade 11, for math and English language arts. We also support state grade span testing for science and social studies. High quality interim assessments that measure growth, are aligned with academic standards and provide valuable feedback to teachers, are also important. For National PTA’s complete position statement on assessments, please refer to the resources sections

What High Quality Assessments Should Do
< >Eliminate teaching to the test by mirroring what the student has studied and learned in the classroom.Identify student’s strengths and weaknessesProvide timely results so that teachers and students can use them to inform teaching and learningMeasure critical thinking skills and pinpoint more accurately what students actually understandBe aligned to college and career ready standardsMeasure student growth over timeThese assessments more accurately show the students strengths and weaknesses and more accurately pinpoint what a student knowsSuccessive results are also a good indication of a student’s progress and growthAs an Online Test, results are often available within days to weeks, rather than monthsReferences and Resources to use now

PTA Assessment Fact Sheethttp://ow.ly/gtDj30fddBM
PTA Position on Standards and Assessments http://ow.ly/ThGE30fpyxv
PTA Guidance on Assessments https://www.pta.org/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4716
The Great Testing Debate https://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1725
An Academic Checkup Video https://www.uschamber.com/file/academic-checkup
Achieve Assessment Resources http://www.achieve.org/assessments



Have Questions About Standards of Affiliation?

Don't Miss Michigan PTA's
SOA DAY!

November 11, 2017
 
  • Need questions answered about your 990 Form, EIN number, Audit, Bylaws and all the other standards of affiliation for your local unit?
Then this day is for you!
  • Get your questions answered by Michigan PTA board of director members.
  • Submit your documents in person!
More details to be Announced soon so watch your next update
Remember Saturday November 11th is
SOA PTA DAY!

MPTA Celebrating 100 Years in 2018!

Michigan PTA is celebrating it's Centennial in 2018!Here's fun fact number 30from Michigan PTA History:

31. In 1929 the National Congress of Parents and Teachers participated in a conference on parent-teacher work at Columbia University. The Congress shared their “Guiding Principles.” What were they?

1. The welfare of the child is the objective.
2. Financial support of the school is a public responsibility.
3. Policies are decided by the organization as a whole or by its elected representatives.
4. The work of the association is shared by mutual agreement.
5. Entertainment and money-making are of minor importance.
6. Personal grievances are adjusted in private conference.
7. It is a volunteer organization, free from individual or group control.
8. It is democratic in objects, membership, and form of government.
9. It is nonpolitical, nonsectarian, noncommercial.
10. It is cooperative with other organizations but does not join them.
11. It is organized, constructive cooperation of parents and teachers.


It's exciting to see so many units utilizing Memberhub not only for PTA activities but for school activities as well. Thank you for adopting this new tool.
 
As with anything new there are always questions. If you have questions about Memberhub while using it please do call the support line... they WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Memberhub loves PTA and wants our feedback to make this tool better for everyone to utilize! Here's how to get Memberhub Help.... Please continue to submit your requests/help tickets to www.support.memberhub.com. Not only do they want to assist you with any issues you may be having but they are looking into the feedback given, for potential updates to the system, that would be most beneficial to you.

Just click on the Help button in the lower right corner on your memberhub dashboard it looks like this: Then you'll see a chat box open and you can get help right away!

Good standing documents upload link in MemberHub (990, budget, audit, bylaws) has been fixed. If you have any difficulties with that upload link please email membership@michiganpta.org. If you've already sent your good standing documents to the state office, we will make sure that gets logged into MemberHub.

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