For Superintendents

Talking Points for Superintendents as of January 16, 2014


State Education Network

icon  K12’S opportunity to play a part in Michigan’s economic development
•  By connecting our K12 networks we can provide connection alternatives (lower cost connections?) for a variety of municipal and state agency users.  Low cost connections is good for Michigan’s competitiveness
icon  A common, connected backbone between all k12 facilities makes resource sharing (hardware, staff skills, leveraging vendors) easier and helps insure that each district is not duplicating a service or skill that can be centralized and provided at a lower cost.  This is the trend generally in networking (not just k12 but all businesses).
icon  Help keep talent on board:
•  Competing for tech skills with other districts and for profit businesses is difficult when we can’t provide growth paths for our techs and provide them with opportunities to specialize.  When we centralize functions we provide opportunities to specialize (eg. Server administration) and career development.
icon  All of the above save money.
icon  Superintendents should be aware that techs will be asked to assist with mapping our K12 network infrastructure over the next couple of months.  Training sessions are scheduled for January. ISD Technology Directors have been given the registration information.
icon  We are also be asking them to participate in surveys that collect information data center resources in their buildings.


Device Purchasing

icon  Next purchase window will be incentivized and is anticipated to open in April 2014 and run through at least the middle of July 2014. The devices that will be eligible for incentives will be finalized in January 2014. $7,000,000 has been set aside for incentives for the Spring 2014 bid.


icon  Internet Access and data connectivity are fundamental resources for today’s instructional processes and the efficient operation of the educational institution.  The E-Rate Activity can be utilized by schools/districts to acquire the Internet Access bandwidth needed for online assessments and that will enhance the educational process year round.

Data Systems Integration

icon  The vision of the Data Integration project is Common Data, Common Solutions.  The approach taken to achieve that vision is to put into place an Enterprise Architecture for student learning.  Considering the state education system as an enterprise, the project is attempting to plan and design a common information system to address the enterprise goal of creating well-educated students.  By integrating all of the various data systems based on common data specifications, the project will be able to provide a number of benefits including:
•  Providing a common dashboard of information at various levels (district, building, and teacher) to allow for easy identification of areas where educational goals are not being met
•  Ability to focus on data standards
•  Improved data quality
•  Reduced cost
•  Elimination of duplicate data entry
•  Allowing all districts and ISDs to share work around a common data system
icon  Current project status:
•  Developing connectors for the six identified Student Information Systems
•  Designing a web-based administrative application which will allow districts to monitor and manage their integrations
•  Planning to begin developing connectors for Special Education and Data Warehouse systems in the next two months


Michigan Technology Readiness Tool (MTRAx)

icon  The statewide rollout of the MTRAx application which was completed in December saw excellent participation from the K12 community with nearly 98% of local districts representing almost 96% of the student population participating.
icon  If your district has a tech plan that is expired or will expire this year, you will complete your updated tech plan in MTRAx.  Further details will follow, expect that the application will be ready to start building tech plans in April 2014.  An updated technology planning process is scheduled to be developed, starting in June of 2014.
icon  MTRAx is being further developed with instructional enhancements to be used to assist in the determination of the readiness of teachers and students for online assessments.  Further updates will follow as the work progresses.  Targeted rollout for these enhancements is spring of 2014.

Classroom Readiness

icon  There is a series of webinars being developed throughout this year to help educators identify how to make immediate impacts on their classroom instruction through assessment results. These webinars will address assessment best practices, balanced assessment systems, and how to use assessment data to support instruction. These webinars are being housed on and the links are also available on

Assessment & Curriculum

icon  Superintendents need to be aware that webinars addressing assessment best practices will be available throughout this year. These webinars could be used to facilitate common dialogue between their administrators and teachers regarding best practices. These webinars are being housed on and the links are also available on