MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

August 29, 2013


Minnesota Department of Education Releases 2013 MCA Scores

This past year was a first for Minnesota students and schools taking a new reading test aligned to career- and college-ready standards, and over 95 percent of students taking their math test online. See August 27 news release.


Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – Monthly Conference Call Schedule

Mark your calendars! School district superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly dialogue via audio conference call with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you 2-3 days prior to the conference call. All calls will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m.

2013-2014 Conference Call Schedule:

September 18, 2013

October 16, 2013
November 20, 2013
December 18, 2013
January 15, 2014

February 19, 2014
March 19, 2014
April 16, 2014
May 21, 2014Final Referendum Cap Inflation Adjustment for FY 2013

See the memorandum from Tom Melcher explaining the final calculation of the operating referendum cap inflation adjustment. If you have further questions, please contact Jon VanOeveren (651-582-8375), or contact Bob Porter (651-582-8851).


We Act and We Day

By now you have heard me share about an exciting event and program launching in Minnesota this fall. We Day and We Act are the components of a service learning initiative from Free the Children, an international charity and education partner. The year-long We Act program equips educators with resources to educate their students about social justice issues, and provides tools for students to make positive changes in their local and global communities. On October 8, 2013, participants of the program will gather at the Xcel Energy Center for We Day, an inspirational event that empowers students to take action on their service learning goals. We now have 500 schools and community groups registered to attend We Day, and I could not be more excited to experience it soon!

While We Day tickets have now been confirmed for student groups, there may still be opportunities for administrators and superintendents to join. If you are interested in attending or want to get your district involved, please contact as soon as possible. There are so many wonderful opportunities that your students can take on, and I hope you will encourage them to get a head start this school year! If you already know of schools interested in starting a We Act group, please ask them to visit the Free the Children web page and join this incredible movement.

Let’s join together and truly “Be the Change” we wish to see in our world!

- Brenda Cassellius

WebEx Information Sessions Scheduled for Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) K-12 Fall 2013 Update

A series of MCCC K-12 Fall 2013 Update WebEx information sessions have been scheduled for September. All sessions contain the same content; multiple sessions are offered for your scheduling convenience. Information in the session applies to grades 9-12 as well as K-8.

Registration information is posted on the MCCC webpage. Look for “Registration Instructions: Fall 2013 MCCC K-12 Update” in the download section at the bottom of the page, or go directly to the WebEx meeting page to register for these sessions.

For more information, please contact the MCCC team at

ED Review – A U.S. Department of Education Newsletter

ED Review provides a biweekly update on U.S. Department of Education initiatives and activities. See the latest ED Review posting on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Minnesota Computers for Schools – Technology Carts Available

Keep your classroom organized with laptop carts. Two styles are available:

· Three-tiered computer carts: $25 each, (17 available)

· Laptop carts (caddies) with keyboard shelf: $15 each, (38 available)

Benefits: Mobility for students, organized storage for the classroom, the single laptop cart

adjusts for the height of the student, wheels lock to keep cart in place.

To purchase, or for more information,
contact Chris Dopkins (651-779-2816).