Newsblast - February 2018 Print

2018 MPAAA Truancy Workshop

MPAAA will host its 2018 Attendance and Truancy Workshop on Friday, March 23rd at Lansing Community College's West Campus in Lansing MI. The Workshop is intended for School, ISD and county court staff and officials with an interest in Attendance and Truancy programs and regulations. This one-day workshop will run from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Our Keynote speaker for 2018 is Special Agent Jeremy Ashcroft with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Special Agent Ashcroft will be speaking on Human trafficking case studies and warning signs in schools.

In addition, we'll have breakout sessions during the day with speakers from school districts, cyber schools, and county court systems as well as DHHS staff discussing their programs and offering best practices tips to attendees.

The final session of the day will be Truancy 101 with Carolyn Claerhout, J.D., with Oakland Schools. Carolyn will review the current compulsory attendance laws and discuss the recent changes to federally-defined chronic absenteeism. Carolyn will also update attendees on past and potential changes in truancy legislation.

The full agenda is available for download by clicking HERE.

Lansing Community College's West campus is located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, in Lansing. The Workshop will cost $139.00 for current MPAAA members. Non-members are welcome to attend for $180, and as an added incentive for non-members, anyone registering for the workshop as a non-member will receive member rights to Association communications and conference discounts for the balance of the 2017-18 year (through 6/30/18).

Lunch is provided, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. For more details, or to register for the Workshop, please visit the MPAAA website, or click HERE.

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New business rules for TSDL

In CEPI's December 20 Announcements newsletter, CEPI published new business rules it plans to incorporate into the 17/18 TSDL collection.  You can review the new rules HERE.

CEPI is still in the process of updating the application, so at the moment, the system is continuing to use the existing rules, and CEPI asks that only course information on migrant students be submitted until they have the new rules in place.  Once the changes have been made, and CEPI opens the application to other types of reporting, expect to additional information in an upcoming issue of their Announcements newsletter.

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2017/18 Salary Survey

MPAAA is pleased to announce that the 2017/18 Salary Survey of Pupil Accountants, Pupil Auditors, and Educational Data Specialists is compiled and available to MPAAA members on our website.

Thank you to the 308 members from across the state who contributed to this survey. This is an increased response rate from last year, and hopefully, you will find that the additional information is helpful in coming to understand how your salary and benefits compare to that of your colleagues in the State, and in your area.

To view this year's Survey, please click HERE. Note that you will need to be a current MPAAA member to see this document.

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Spring Conference 2018

The MPAAA Spring Conference has become a top-rated conference in recent years, and the Association is pleased to continue to offer excellent conference topics again this year. The meeting will be held Monday, May 7th - Wednesday, May 9th this year, and will once again be held at the Grand Traverse Resort.


Attendees are welcome to stay at Grand Traverse and can make their reservations by calling (800) 968-7352 and using the group code MPA0518 to reserve their rooms at the discounted rate of $131 per night for the hotel, and $161 for rooms in the Tower. Condos are also available, for the discounted rate of $161/night for a one-bedroom, and $201/night for a two-bedroom unit.  Attendees can also register online, and there is a dedicated registration page that can be accessed by clicking here.

In addition, we've booked rooms at two other nearby hotels:

  1. Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Rates from $99/night - Call (231)938-2600 and use group code 'MPAAA'. You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.
  2. Cherry Tree Inn & Suites - rates from $109/night - Call (800)439-3093 and use group code 'MPAAA'.  You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.


The cost of the conference will be the same as last year. Association members will pay $375 ($325 if they use the early bird option and register by March 31) and non-members will pay $495 ($445 if registered by 3/31). Membership also remains the same this year, at $60. Please make sure you renew your membership if needed, BEFORE you try to register, so you get the members-only rate. Registration for the conference will open March 1st.


While we are still finalizing some details, you can see a draft agenda with session descriptions by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact MPAAA's Executive Director, Rob Dickinson, at (517) 853-1413, or at

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2018 Winter Workshops

The following MPAAA Certificati0on Workshop Webinars are being offered in early February, and there are still a few days left to register.

  • 2/6/18 @ 9 AM - Data Mining - This session will review the educational data tools of the trade. Learn about how and when to use Excel, Access, XML to submit, retrieve and use the educational data available from your Student Information System, MI School Data, other data warehouses and directly from CEPI. Be sure to download the handout files so you can work along with the presentation to hone your skills!
  • 2/6/18 @ 1 PM - Educational Data and It’s Uses - See first-hand how state reporting data is used from a variety of instructional and non-instructional perspectives. Included will be a review of the MI School Data website and discussion of FERPA regulations and data safety
  • 2/7/18 @ 9 AM - Organizational Applications - Learn how student data points are collected and how they are used by both internal and external customers from a Technology Director’s perspective. Some of the topics the program will encompass are the various data points required (e.g., attendance, pupil accounting, discipline, tardy, scheduling, immunization, and Special Education, etc.) and internal and external data submission and reporting requirements. The presentation will also review the attributes required of a comprehensive student management information system including Cloud-based solutions. Quality data and data warehousing will also be discussed.
  • 2/7/18 @ 1 PM - Legislative Primer – Understanding the processes and procedures of pupil accounting requires a basic understanding of school funding, including knowledge of the State School Aid Act, the School Code, and Administrative Rules and how these elements intertwine and provide the cornerstone that drives the content of the Pupil Accounting Manual and the Pupil Auditing manual. School funding essentials will also be covered.

These workshops are all part of the various MSBO certification tracks available to our members, and these represent the most-needed courses. Each session is being offered one last time this year as an online seminar. The cost for MPAAA members is $70 each session and $95 for non-members, all courses are 3 hours long.  The presenter for all the sessions will be Rob Dickinson.

For more information or to register online with a credit card click HERE, or if a credit card isn't available to you, you can print out the registration form from the link above, and mail it in with a check. Please email Rob Dickinson ( if you intend to send in a check, so you can receive the Webinar login information that will be sent out on Monday, 2/5.

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