Newsblast - March 2020 Print

New MSDS Collection Announced

MDE has just announced that CEPI will have a new collection this summer, called the Third Grade Retention Collection. This collection will be within the MSDS system and will be open this summer through the end of August.  

The collection will be for any student who tests more than one year behind on the Third Grade ELA M-STEP. CEPI will notify parents of these students, and schools are required to retain these students in third grade unless one of several good cause exemptions apply. Student's preliminary scores will be available on the OEAA Secure Site within 1-2 days of the student completing the test.

The collection has four components in it: The standard three to identify the student (Personal Core, School Demographics, and Submitting Entity) as well as the new Third Grade Retention Decision component.

The Retention Decision Component has two characteristics: A question on if the student was retained or promoted, and, if the student WAS promoted, a second characteristic that asks which of the listed good cause exemptions applied to allow the promotion.

You can review the communication from MDE by clicking HERE, and CEPI has updated their collection details manual, which you can reach HERE.  As specific dates and further details become known, we'll be sure to spread the word.

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Spring conference agenda now posted!

For those of you who were wanting to see the agenda and session descriptions for the upcoming MPAAA Spring Conference, that document is now available, either on the conference registration page of our website or directly by clicking HERE.

Please keep in mind that the conference is still two months away. While we try VERY hard to make sure our agendas don't change, life does happen, so please keep in mind that this agenda may still change between now and May.

For those that have already registered, we'll send out a survey in early April so you can choose the sessions you would prefer to attend.

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2020 MPAAA Salary Survey Released

The 2020 MPAAA Salary Survey has been compiled and is available on the MPAAA website to our members.  Current MPAAA members can open the survey directly by clicking HERE.

We had 300 members complete the survey, and the 140-page report sorts them by job function, as well as by regions of the state. As always, anonymity is well respected, and I hope you'll find this year's survey report a valuable tool in understanding how you fit into the salary and benefit schemes in your work and your area.

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Spring Conference Information

Description & Overview

MPAAA is proud to open registration for our 2020 Spring Conference, being held May 4-6 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.

The Conference schedule has something to offer everyone working in Michigan's public education system! We have sessions designed for those new to the world of pupil accounting and data management as well as sessions for veterans. Once again, we have invited student information system vendors as well as school supplies vendors and a few specialty vendors. This quote from a previous conference attendee says it all, "As always, the conference was very well planned and the speakers very well prepared." We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!

A new series of training sessions available this spring is our SIS-specific classes. These sessions cover pupil accounting issues specific to each of the five primary Student Information Systems used in Michigan.  Users of PowerSchool, Synergy, MiStar, Skyward, and Infinite Campus will want to attend the session for their particular software.


Various speakers from around the state will share their expertise with attendees, as well as our partners with the various State agencies that deal with Pupil Accounting

Hotel Information:

Attendees are welcome to stay at Grand Traverse Resort at the MPAAA discounted rate of $138 per night for the hotel and $168 per night for the tower rooms. You can make reservations by calling (800) 968-7352 or click HERE for online reservations.  Condos are also available at the cost of a one-bedroom for $168, a two-bedroom at $218, or a three-bedroom at $268 per night. You must contact Grand Traverse Resort to make your reservation. Please remember to mention MPAAA for the discounted price.

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

Cherry Tree Inn & Suites - rates from $119/night - Call (800) 439-3093 and use group code 'MPAAA'.  You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - rates from $94.56/night - Call (231) 938-2600 and use group code 'MPAAA'. You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.

Sleep Inn - Rate is $90 per night - call (231) 938-7000 and use group code 'MPAAA'.  You do need to call the hotel directly to secure that discounted rate.

Please remember to bring your tax-exempt information to use at the time of check out.

General Information

The conference includes Breakfast and Lunch on Monday and Tuesday and Breakfast on Wednesday. Session and other presenter materials will be posted on the MPAAA website in advance of the conference, and an attendee email will be sent to notify you when the information is posted. Attendees are welcome to print the materials ahead of time for the sessions which you plan to attend. Please visit and click on the conference center link for conference links and details. Also, please see the MPAAA website to submit questions to session presenters in advance. Submitting questions in advance will help our presenters research your specific question before the conference.  

The cost of the conference is $395 for Members and non-members will pay $550.  Anyone who registers by February 28th will receive a $50 early-bird discount!  We are no longer accepting purchase orders, so a credit card WILL be needed to register online.  To pay by check, please complete the paper registration form below and return it to MPAAA with your payment. On-site walk-ins incur an additional $25 fee to attend.

Submit a Session Question

Click HERE to submit a question to a conference presenter ahead of the conference.

Outstanding Service Award

Click HERE to submit an application for a deserving colleague to receive an Outstanding Service Award. The awards will be presented at the Spring Conference.

Cancellation Policy & Contact Information

Registered members and guests will be accessed a cancellation fee of $100 for event registrations canceled on or before April 6, 2020. There will be no refunds for cancellations occurring after April 6th.

Please contact our Executive Director to request a cancellation for the conference or for any other event- or MPAAA- related question.

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