MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: November 29, 2012

WORKING GROUP UPDATE

Education Finance Working Group Adopts Recommendations

By nearly unanimous vote, members adopted all recommendations, including a proposal to shift a portion of property taxes now paid to districts from a local levy to a statewide one. Increasing state aid for special education funding was another key recommendation. The group’s final report will be sent to the state Legislature and Governor Dayton for review and possible adoption. Learn more about the Education Finance Working Group.

Better Testing and Accountability

The state Assessment and Accountability Working Group voted to recommend dropping Minnesota's GRAD exam and replacing it with new college-ready assessments designed to hold schools accountable for making sure every student graduates well prepared for college or career. Commissioner Cassellius plans to forward the final draft of the report to legislators in mid-December. Learn more about the Assessment and Accountability Working Group.

ACTION ITEMS

Fiscal Compliance Table – November 30 Deadline

The deadline for entering data onto the Fiscal Compliance Table is tomorrow, November 30, 2012.  As of today, 108 districts have not entered data onto the table.  Visit the Fiscal Compliance Table Web page. If your district or school has not yet entered your data, contact your audit firm and work with them to ensure the data is entered before the end of day tomorrow.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Day at 651-582-8384.

Fall 2012 0-4 Census Count – Reminder – Deadline December 1

If your district has not submitted the fall 2012 0-4 Census count, the data is due at the Minnesota Department of Education by December 1, 2012. The fall 2012 0-4 Census Online Data Submission System is scheduled to be shut down on the December due date.

Access the 0-4 Census Online System.

Questions concerning the 0-4 Census counts may be directed by e-mail to Greg Sogaard or by phone at 651-582-8858.

Please note that this does not apply to charter schools. It applies only to school district types 1, 2, and 3.

Final 2012 Payable 2013 Levy Limitation and Certification Report

Please see the Final 2012 Payable 2013 Levy Limitation and Certification Report memorandum from Tom Melcher, director of School Finance. The final version of the 2012 Payable 2013 Levy Limitation and Certification Report (ED-00111-34) for each school district has been posted to the department’s website. Visit the Data Center. Select Minnesota Funding Reports (MFR) under the “School Finance Reports” heading. Districts are required to discuss this levy and the current year budget at a regularly scheduled board meeting and allow the public to speak. For assistance with questions, refer to the contact information provided in the memorandum.

Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) – Submission Deadline February 15

The deadline for submitting MCCC data for reporting year 2010-2011 has been extended. The new deadline for closing reporting year 2010-2011 is February 15, 2013.

Until January 17, 2013:

Local Course Index for reporting year 2010-2011 – use XML schema version 2.
Staff Course Records and Student Course Records files for reporting year 2010-2011 – use XML schema version 1.
After January 18, 2013:
• Local Course Index for reporting years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 – use XML schema version 2.
• Staff Course Records and Student Course Records for reporting years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 – use XML schema version 2.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Minnesota Common Course Catalogue team.