Michigan Education Update

  • Mich. Ed Roundup - June 27

    June 27, 2017 by

    Please note: During the summer, The Education Trust-Midwest will email monthly newsletters on the last Tuesday of each month. Our next newsletter will be on Tuesday, July 25. Weekly newsletters will resume on September 5. Last week, the Michigan Legislature approved a more than $14 billion schools budget…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - June 20

    June 19, 2017 by

    Why We’re Worried About Assessment Changes…And Why You Should Be Too Last week, Ed Trust-Midwest summarized the highlights, and lowlights, of the proposed state budget. One of the concerns that we raised centered on language that would require the Michigan Department of Education to change state…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - June 13

    June 13, 2017 by

    Mixed News for Students in New Michigan Education Budget, Especially for Low-Income Students and Students of Color Michigan’s new budget provides reasons for worry and celebration for students – especially for low-income students and students of color. Equitable access to rigorous instruction is one of the most important…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - June 6

    June 6, 2017 by

    State's M-STEP Implementation Shows Major Progress Last week, Michigan students finished the third round of annual state assessments using the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). While data from the assessment will not be publicly available until later this summer, one thing is clear: Michigan has…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - May 31

    May 31, 2017 by

    School Chiefs on Critical Assurances for School Choice Last week, a bipartisan group of reform-minded district and state superintendents, with extensive experience with charter schools and other forms of school choice, issued a statement on any proposal for the expansion of school choice, such as the Trump Administration’s…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - May 23

    May 23, 2017 by

    Letter grades show school quality By Amber Arellano, Sandy Baruah, Dan Quisenberry and Doug Rothwell The following excerpt is from an article that ran in The Detroit News on May 19. The full text is available here. Report card time. You open the envelope, or perhaps the email, and see…

  • The Unfinished Work of Brown

    May 19, 2017 by

    Amber Arellano Sixty-three years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court shocked the nation by publicly stating what so many Americans already knew: that separate is inherently unequal. Through their landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the court formally ended our nation’s practice of…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - May 16

    May 16, 2017 by

    Michigan wants its ESSA plan back? Why a Lt. Gov. asked for a do-over The following excerpt is from an article that posted on May 11, 2017 on The 74 Million. The full text is available here. Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has one message for U.S. Secretary…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - May 9

    May 9, 2017 by

    Funding Equity of Chief Concern among Black and Latino Parents In communities of color, there is an overwhelming sense of school funding inequities. Ninety percent of Black parents and nearly sixty percent of Latino parents do not think that schools in Black and Latino communities receive the same amount…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - May 2

    May 2, 2017 by

    College Decision Day Yesterday marked College Decision Day – the date when deposits are required for fall admission at many colleges and universities – and a day to celebrate the educational accomplishments of many Michigan students. Since 2007, Michigan’s dropout rate has been reduced by 41 percent and nearly 80…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - April 25

    April 25, 2017 by

    "You need to expect students to perform at a level, because if you don't, they won't." Former Lt. Governor John Cherry was back in Lansing last week, urging a senate panel not to dumb down Michigan's high school graduation requirements – the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Cherry explained…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - April 18

    April 18, 2017 by

    MDE Submits Plan for Implementation of The Every Student Succeeds Act to U.S. Department of Education Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Education submitted their plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education for review or approval. The Education Trust-Midwest released an…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - April 11

    April 11, 2017 by

    MDE Chooses Expediency Over Transparency In late March, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent a revised state education plan to Governor Rick Snyder for his review and signature. Once signed, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and will direct state education efforts…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - April 4

    April 4, 2017 by

    House Votes to Lower Graduation Requirements Under a plan advanced in the Michigan House of Representatives, graduating from Michigan high schools would be easier due to lower standards for students. A package of bills, House Bills 4315-4318, would eliminate a requirement that students take a world language, would allow…

  • Education Makes a Difference: Percent of Non-College Graduate Adult Children with Income in the bottom quintile: 47 percent. Percent of College Graduate Adult Children with Income in the bottom quintile: 10 percent. Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts. Copyright © 2017 MDC

    Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 28

    March 28, 2017 by

    Michigan Merit Curriculum at Risk A four-bill package moving through the Michigan House threatens to water down the Michigan Merit Curriculum. As highlighted in a recent editorial  in The Detroit News, since the 2006 adoption of the Merit Curriculum, high school graduation rates have increased and dropout rates have…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - March 21

    March 21, 2017 by

    Under Pressure, State Supt. Drops Accountability Plan Under pressure from the State Board of Education, State Superintendent Brian Whiston has backed away from a plan that would have provided parents with clear, meaningful school accountability. Superintendent Whiston had proposed replacing Michigan’s confusing color-coded report card and top…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - March 14

    March 14, 2017 by

    ETM Urges MDE to Reconsider Backtrack on Honest Public Reporting and Accountability Earlier today, The Education Trust-Midwest urged State Superintendent Brian Whiston to use the thoughtful school accountability system proposed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) last month. Despite best practice, the wishes of parents and the support…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - March 7

    March 7, 2017 by

    Becoming Top Ten Starts With Honest Data and Best Practice Michigan’s new plan for improving student achievement shows significant progress in some areas, yet it also disregards best practice in other areas. These findings — from a new report by The Education Trust-Midwest (ETM) — come as the Michigan Department…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - Feb 28

    February 28, 2017 by

    High academic standards help all students succeed Last week, Cheryl Corpus wrote a moving article on her story – the inspiration for becoming an educator – and how Michigan’s academic standards honor and advance the value of each student. Corpus is a national board certified teacher (NBCT), director for Michigan NBCT…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - Feb 21

    February 21, 2017 by

    Michigan Ranks Last For Student Learning According to a new analysis of national education data, Michigan ranks last for student growth and among the bottom ten states for student proficiency in fourth and eighth grade reading and math. The analysis, by University of Michigan Professor Brian A. Jacob, and…