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Survey Opened for Top 10 in 10 Feedback, Adjustments

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications & PR

DashBoard, Jan. 22, 2020

“Be real and adjust your strategy according to honest results,” noted English cleric, writer and collector Charles Caleb Colton. The Michigan Department of Education is looking to do just that with its Top 10 in 10 strategic initiative four years after it launched in February 2016. To determine what adjustments are needed, an online survey was recently opened to collect feedback from the general public.

The review and updating of the Top 10 in 10 was first introduced by State Superintendent Michael Rice, Ph.D. at the State Board of Education meeting in September 2019. Since then, MDE has been conducting interviews with education stakeholders, including MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba, CAE, to get a start on developing potential goals/revisions, which have been included in the survey for feedback. State Board of Education members, tribal partners and MDE staff have also provided input.

The original plan consisted of four guiding principles, seven goals and 44 strategies, but lacked any way to measure progress, which is a key area of focus in the review and update process.

"What's missing from the plan are metrics," said Sheila Alles, Chief Deputy Superintendent, during the Jan. 14, 2020 State Board of Education meeting. "We need metrics in the plan. . .to help us determine whether we are on [the] trajectory to become a top 10 education state."

The survey will close on Feb. 7, 2020. MASB encourages you to share your thoughts here. The results will help guide the next step of establishing focus groups to finalize recommendations that will be presented to the SBE in spring 2020.

“We’re asking the public to help shape Michigan’s education focus,” said State Superintendent Rice. “It is my expectation, and that of the State Board of Education, that an updated plan will be more streamlined and focused and will have measures that align with the goals to help us monitor progress toward becoming a top education state.”

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