Michigan Education Update


  • Mich. Needs Better Prepared Grads

    May 3, 2016 by

    Too Few Students Prepared for College or Career New data from the “Nations Report Card” show that high schools have not prepared students – especially low-income students and students of color – to pursue whatever postsecondary path they may choose after high school. Results from the 2015 12th-grade National Assessment…


  • Bill Threatens to Move Mich. Backward

    April 26, 2016 by

    Anti-Standards Bill Threatens to Move Michigan Backward Earlier today, the State Senate Education Committee passed a bill by a vote of 4-1 that would stall the progress that Michigan has worked so hard to achieve, by eliminating career- and college-ready standards for all students. Instead, Michigan would…


  • Learning from TN Success

    April 19, 2016 by

    Learning from Leading States: Huge Improvements In Tennessee As highlighted last week, Michigan’s students have lost substantial ground in student learning compared to other states over the last decade, particularly in early literacy. This is particularly troubling, as early literacy is a strong indicator of student success in school…


  • FL Shows Path to Top Ten

    April 12, 2016 by

    Learning from Leading States: Florida’s Upward Trajectory Michigan’s students have lost substantial ground in student learning compared to other states over the last decade, particularly in early literacy. Third-grade literacy is one of the most important early predictors of later student success – not only for high school…


  • Diploma in Hand but No Path Forward

    April 5, 2016 by

    Are Schools Preparing Students to be College- and Career-Ready? New Report Says No. Forty-seven percent. This figure represents the share of American high school graduates who complete neither a college- nor career-ready course of study, according to a new report released today by The Education Trust. The…


  • Flurry of Action before Break & Detroit Scholarship

    March 29, 2016 by

    Tuition-Free Promise for All Detroit High School Grads Last week, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that all Detroit high school graduates will be guaranteed two years of tuition-free college education. The commitment is made possible through the Detroit Promise Zone, which will begin collecting tax revenue for the…


  • Charter Success in Ann Arbor

    March 22, 2016 by

    Ann Arbor Charter Outperforms Local District, ISD and State in Reading Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) first authorized Honey Creek Community School of Ann Arbor in 1995. Naomi Norman, executive director of achievement initiatives at WISD, says they were unwilling to compromise on high standards for increased flexibility. “WISD was…


  • Testimony on Early Literacy Bill: Improvement Starts with Good Policy

    March 15, 2016 by

    ETM Testifies on Early Literacy Legislation: Improvement Starts with Good Policy Earlier today, The Education Trust-Midwest gave testimony on House Bill 4822, legislation aimed at improving literacy proficiency. Students who are unable to read proficiently by third grade are much more likely to drop out of school, not have…


  • Detroit Charter Aims to Be Finest in the Nation

    March 8, 2016 by

    Detroit Charter Aims to be “Finest K-8 School in the Nation” The following excerpt is from Accountability for All: 2016. For more on Detroit Merit Charter Academy, click here. Detroit Merit Charter Academy is a K-8 charter school authorized by Grand Valley State University. More than 90 percent…


  • W. Mich Charter’s Impressive Improvement

    March 1, 2016 by

    West Michigan Charter Shows Impressive Improvement The following excerpt is from Accountability for All: 2016. For more on Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, click here. Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) considers its one charter, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, as “part of the district’s portfolio of school choices,” Mary…


  • Report: Michigan’s Overall Charter Authorizer Performance Devastatingly Low

    February 23, 2016 by

    House Members Announce Legislation on Detroit Schools High-performing charter schools are one of states’ important tools to ensure low-income students and children of color have access to great public education – but only if they’re truly high-performing,Amber Arellano told Chastity Pratt Dawsey on Detroit Today . Michigan…


  • Report on MI charter authorizers & Gov’s 2016-17 budget

    February 16, 2016 by

    Accountability for All 2016 Michigan charter school authorizers’ performance overall has improved marginally over the last year, but remains terribly low compared to leading education states’ charter sectors. That’s one of the key findings from a new report from the nonpartisan Education Trust-Midwest. Three Michigan public universities – Northern…


  • New State Oversight of East Detroit Schools

    February 9, 2016 by

    African Americans & Hispanics More Likely to see a College Degree as Key To Middle Class What does it take to be considered a part of the middle class? According to a new Pew Research Center survey, black and Hispanic respondents are twice as likely to identify a college education as…


  • DPS EM Resigns and closing the ‘Honesty Gap’

    February 2, 2016 by

    Detroit Schools Emergency Manager Resigns Darnell Earley, the Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools (DPS), notified Governor Rick Snyder today of his decision to step down on February 29 – four months before the expiration of his term. Earley’s resignation comes after weeks of sick-outs by DPS teachers, which…


  • The time to invest in our students’ futures is now

    January 26, 2016 by

    On the State of the State: Leading states have good roads, safe water – and strong schools Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered his sixth State of the State address, amid serious crises facing the communities of Flint and Detroit. The Education Trust-Midwest’s statement on the address focused on…


  • Detroit Bills Filed; Having Good Schools AND Good Roads

    January 19, 2016 by

    Last week, Sen. Goeff Hansen (R – Hart) filed two bills aimed at addressing Detroit Public School’s debt and future governance. Among other things, Senate Bills 710 and 711 would create a new community school district, responsible for the education of students and ownership of school property, while the…


  • Governor Signs School Vote Ed Ban

    January 12, 2016 by

    New Law Prohibits Voter Education by Public Schools Last week, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571 into law, despite calls for a veto from school leaders, local government leaders, editorial boards and others – including The Education Trust-Midwest. Passed on the last day of the 2015 legislative session, the…


  • Leading States show Path for MI Improvements

    December 15, 2015 by

    Kramer: Leading States Show Michigan Path for Improvement The following excerpt was posted at Crain’s Detroit Business on Sunday, December 13. The full article is available here. When it comes to failing African-American students, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Saginaw and Ypsilanti schools are all worse — yes, worse — in…


  • No Child Left Behind Replaced

    December 15, 2015 by

    Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed a reauthorization and update of our nation’s major K-12 education law – the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This update, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, replaces the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. For nearly a year, The Education…


  • Challenges in Making MI Achieve

    December 8, 2015 by

    Amber Arellano: Challenging Work in Making Michigan Achieve for All Students Last week, Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined MiWeek host Christy McDonald to discuss the state of education in Michigan and the challenging, critical work necessary to make Michigan a top ten education state. View…