Proposal rating and discussion begins TOMORROW (April 7) and will continue until NOON on Tuesday, April 11th. From tomorrow until that deadline, all editing of proposals must stop so that everyone is rating and discussing the same proposals.
The platform will consist of as many as ten proposals, including the five highest-rated proposals (assuming each has a minimum of 15 ratings and meets basic criteria of completeness, quality and appropriateness), plus as many as five other high-quality proposals to be chosen by the topic coordinators. The goal is to include the best proposals across all issue areas; there may be more than one proposal from a given issue area, while other areas may not be represented in the platform.
Please see this screencast about how to rate proposals, which comes down to giving each a score on a scale from 1 to 10. Please note that in order to maximize the impact of your ratings, you should give a "1" to the proposal(s) that you think least worthy of being in the platform (even if it has some merit), a "10" to the proposal(s) you think most worthy (even if it’s not perfect), and then spread out the others in between. Use the criteria listed at the end of this announcement as a basis for your ratings. You may change your rating for any proposal at any time, up until the deadline of noon, April 11th.
Please be sure that each of your ratings is properly recorded. The rating slider can be a little "touchy," so after moving it the first time, if you do not see a small message under the slider saying "Your vote:...", try moving the slider again.
It's crucial that you not only express your preferences, but that you discuss the relative merits of the various proposals, and advocate for the ones you think should be in the platform. A new “Platform Discussion” group has been started for this discussion.
You are not expected to rate every single proposal in the Caucus. However, you must rate at least 15 proposals, and comment on various proposals and/or participate actively in the Platform Discussion group, specifically discussing the pros and cons of at least five different proposals. In this connection, please note that the online participation requirement remains in effect through the 11th.
Please consider these criteria when rating proposals.
- Is each part of the proposal completed in a high-quality way?
- How well does the proposal demonstrate a solid understanding of the core issue and the “problem behind the problem”?
- To what extent does the proposal contain high-quality supporting evidence and background information?
- How relevant is the proposal to the needs of students of different ages and backgrounds in different parts of Michigan?
- To what extent do the consultations add important information and non-obvious perspectives?
- To what extent is there credible articulation of counter-arguments and challenges to potential adoption and implementation of the proposed solution?
- To what extent does the proposed solution contain specificity and detail that shows how it could actually be implemented and paid for?
- To what extent does the proposal demonstrate creativity and passion for the issue?