It finally feels a bit like Fall! I love the cool nights that help to turn the color of the leaves and the crisp air that represents the change in seasons. Fall also signifies that we are well into the first part of the school year. During the month of November, we will hold conferences at all of our buildings. Conferences provide an opportunity for parents to meet with our educators to discuss progress in the curriculum. In many cases, learners are also part of this conversation. This school year, we are improving on the feedback we provide families when it comes to learners and learning.  

We know as educators that reporting progress on learning is an important aspect of our work. Traditional grading practices have been in place for well over 100 years, and served as a communication tool to share information between the school, students and parents. However, traditional grading practices often include information that reflect behaviors in addition to content and skill mastery. While all of those aspects are important in the learning process, we know we can do a better job separating out the mastery of skills from work habits.

As a district, we are working to improve our process for reporting progress that includes sharing information on mastery of standards and competencies. We recognize that grades should be more reflective of learning and by sharing additional information with parents, we hope to come a step closer in better communicating your child’s progress. We look forward to our continued work together to ensure that your child has the best learning opportunities possible!


Kelly M. Coffin, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Tecumseh Public Schools
Transparency Dashboard Parent Feedback

Parents and other caregivers of children from preschool through grade 12 are invited to provide feedback on Michigan’s new, online “transparency dashboard”  designed to show the performance of every public school in Michigan, including public school academies. The dashboard is currently under development by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). It is expected to be made available to the public by early 2018.

The new dashboard will report on more than 20 different factors—or measures—that parents and other stakeholders have said are important to them when evaluating the quality of a school. The survey allows participants to view components of the new dashboard, then answer questions about the way information is presented, the usefulness of certain features, and viewers’ unique interests. The Michigan Department of Education will use survey feedback to help shape the current and future versions of the dashboard so that it is helpful to parents in every community.

  • The survey can be completed on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.
  • The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
  • All answers will be confidential.
  • Survey must be completed by November 15, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the 2017 Best of Lenawee Contest!