Newsblast - April 2019 Print

New details for EOY general collection (35a(5) grant) reporting

In October, MDE began paying out the roughly $20 million in funds for the 35a(5) Additional Instructional Time Grant. As part of that grant, MDE requires that recipients of grant funds report on the students in K-3 receiving services through the grant.  CEPI and MDE recently published the specifics of that reporting, which will be done through the End Of Year General Collection this June.

Does my District report?

Any district that received section 35a(5) grant funds this year is required to report. Over 700 districts received funds under the grant, so if you are not sure, you can:

  1. Go to
  2. Under the 'What's new' heading, click on 'State Aid Financial Status Reports.'
  3. The reports are grouped by ISD, so click on the ISD your District is in, and find your report in the document.
  4. One page 1 of your report, there is a list of funding sources on the bottom half of the page, with descriptions and dollar amounts.  If you have a line that starts "35a(5) EARLY LITERACY TARGETED INSTRUCTION", then you need to report.

OR, you can check the list of current grantees that MDE graciously provided, by clicking HERE. Note that this list is only accurate as of now, and that over time, the 4-step method above will always give the most accurate answer.

On which students do I report?

The new component (Early Reading Deficiency) MUST be submitted for every K-3 student in your district if you received grant funds.  Note that it is not K-3 students that received services, but ALL K-3 students.

What do I report?

The initial characteristic, which is to be submitted for all students, is a yes/no question on if the student was identified as having a reading deficiency during the current school year.

If the answer to that question is 'yes,' there are two more required questions (not required if the initial answer is 'no'):

  1. Another yes/no question on if the reading deficiency still exists at the end of the school year.
  2. A list of values on the nature of the services the student received (you can report more than one if needed):
    • 01 - Before School
    • 02 - During School
    • 03 - After School
    • 04 - Summer Program
    • 05 - Other Allowable Grant Activities

How do I get more information?

For the memo from MDE that outlines the requirement for this new reporting, you can click HERE.

For details on the reporting requirements, see the section of the MSDS Details Manual, starting on page 152, that you can reach by clicking HERE.

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Monday Night Trivia at Spring Conference

Think you know more than Alex Trebek, Google or even your auditor? Prove it! Join us for a fun evening of BBQ, Beer, and Brain Busters on Monday night at the Monkey Fist Brewery. We will be hosting Trivia Night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to this event includes transportation to and from the event, heavy appetizers from the TC BBQ, two beers and a tour of the Monkey Fist Brewery (additional drinks available at cash bar) and the chance to win fabulous prizes in our trivia game. 

If you're not a beer fan, and would still like to attend, you can get unlimited soft drinks instead.

The cost is $35, and there are a limited amount of tickets still available, so register now by clicking HERE.  Study up, and we will see you there!

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Spring Conference 2019

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 6th - Wednesday, May 8th this year, and will once again be held at the Grand Traverse Resort.


Attendees are welcome to stay at Grand Traverse Resort at the MPAAA discounted rate of $134 per night for the hotel and Condos are also available please contact GTR for the rate. You can make reservations by calling (800) 968-7352 and use group code MPA0519.

In addition, we've blocked rooms at three other nearby hotels.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sleep Inn – rates from $99/night – Call (231) 938-7000 and use group code 'MPAAA'. You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.


While the Early Bird discount has expired, Association members can still register to attend for $395 and non-members will pay $550. Membership is $85 for the year, through June 30. Please make sure you renew your membership if needed, BEFORE you try to register, so you get the members-only rate.

To register online with a credit card, click HERE.

To download a paper registration form that you can return to MPAAA with a check, please click HERE.


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

Outstanding Service Award

Each year, at the Spring Conference, we honor those of our colleagues who have provided exemplary service to their District and community.  To nominate a colleague for an Outstand Service Award, you can fill in THIS form.  Please be sure to complete the form by April 12 to have your nominee considered for this award. 

Conference Questions

To submit questions to the State experts who make up our State Agency Panel, or for any other session, please use THIS form. It gives our speakers an opportunity to research your questions before the conference and give the best possible answers.

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 [email protected]

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Spring Testing Window & SRM Reporting Extended

Due to the amount of classroom time lost to bad weather this winter, MDE has extended the testing window for the M-STEP online testing and MI-Access online and paper/pencil testing by a week. 

For students taking the Grade 5, 8 or 11 M-STEP tests, the testing window has been extended to May 10. All other M-Step tests, as well as the Mi-Access Alternate Assessments, have been extended out to May 31.  You can get more information on the extension in the most recent issue of the MDE Assessment & Accountability Spotlight, available HERE.

Because the testing window has been extended, the "As of Dates" as well as submission dates for SRM reporting has been extended as well. Note that this is ONLY the SRM reporting for students' who's demographic or enrollment information need to be changed for testing. You can get more information on these SRM requirements and dates HERE.

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2018/2019 Salary Survey

MPAAA is pleased to announce that the 2018/19 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 260 members from across the state who contributed to this survey. While this is down from last year's response rate, we still believe you will find that the information provided 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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Future Conference Dates

One of the most frequent questions received at the MPAAA office are the dates for upcoming conferences. If you would like to put them in your calendar, here are the conferences dates for 2019/2020:

Fall LP - Bay City Doubletree Hotel, September 16 & 17, 2019

Fall UP - Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, September 23 & 24, 2019

Spring - Grand Traverse Resort, May 4-6, 2020

We will be holding training workshops during the summer of 2019 and will publish those sessions and dates as soon as they are known.

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