Michigan Education Update

  • 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…

  • TOMORROW’S BLACK HISTORY HEROES ARE IN TODAY’S CLASSROOMS. But are our schools giving these future leaders the quality education they need to reach their full potential? Your state is responsible for ensuring that they do. Let’s hold them to it.]

    Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 14

    February 14, 2017 by

    MDE Releases Draft ESSA Plan Earlier today, the Michigan Department of Education released their draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The full draft plan is available here. Passed in 2015, under ESSA, states have been actively developing plans for how they will measure and make available…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 7, 2017

    February 7, 2017 by

    John B. King Jr. to Serve as President and CEO of The Education Trust Last week, it was announced that former U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr, will become the next president and CEO of The Education Trust, beginning on March 6. King’s leadership and life…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 31, 2017

    January 31, 2017 by

    Start with Third-Grade Reading to Improve Michigan Education In these divided times, the need to find common ground for Michigan students is more important than ever. And a good starting point to focus our collective efforts to improve education is early literacy. Research on this topic is robust and…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 24, 2017

    January 24, 2017 by

    Education proposals this year could further harm Michigan students By Amber Arellano  The full text of this article ran on January 19 in Bridge Magazine and is available here.  Whatever you think about President-elect Donald Trump, it’s clear that he has signaled a dramatically new direction for the…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 17

    January 17, 2017 by

    Confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos tonight Later today, Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos will face questioning from U.S. Senators during her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), beginning at 5 PM EST. A live stream of the hearing will be available…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 10

    January 10, 2017 by

    DeVos Hearing Delayed Until Jan. 17 The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, originally scheduled for this Wednesday, has been delayed until Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 PM. DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, will appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on…

  • Happy Holidays from the Education Trust-Midwest

    December 22, 2016 by

    How can you support this important work? Consider making a tax-deductible gift to The Education Trust-Midwest as we work hard to make educational equity and quality a top priority in Michigan. To make a secure online donation, click here and select “Ed Trust-Midwest” as the fund…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Dec. 6

    December 6, 2016 by

    Eighth-grade students make math and science gains, nationally Over the last four years, students have shown improvement in grade 8 math and science, nationally. During the same time, students in fourth-grade have remained stagnant or slightly dropped, compared to four years ago. This is according to scores released…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Nov. 29

    November 29, 2016 by

    Statement on the Selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education The full text of this statement is available here. On Wednesday, November 23, President-elect Donald Trump announced his selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. While EdTrust-Midwest does not endorse or oppose political candidates or nominees…

  • Michigan Among the Bottom Five States in the Nation for Low-Income Students in Eighth-Grade Math

    Michigan’s Most Vulnerable Students at Risk of Falling Further Behind

    November 28, 2016 by

    Over the last fifteen years, Michigan’s rank has fallen dramatically in early reading and math student achievement compared to the rest of the country. While the impact is felt across the K-12 spectrum, our most vulnerable students are ultimately most disadvantaged. With nearly half the students in our…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Nov. 22

    November 22, 2016 by

    From the Executive Director: A Moment for Education Leaders Dear friends, Like you, my organization is deeply troubled by widespread reports of racially charged bullying, intimidation and harassment that have been happening in Michigan public schools. Racially – charged chants, immigrant children breaking down in tears at school … This is not…

  • Michigan Falling Behind Nation in Early Reading

    November 21, 2016 by

    When children read well by third grade, they are dramatically more likely to succeed not only in school, but in life. They’re much more likely to excel in school, go to college, participate in the job market, and even be paid more. On the other hand, when students are…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Nov. 16

    November 15, 2016 by

    Impact of election on Michigan education Last week, Michiganders headed to the polls to elect government leaders for a range of offices, in addition to President and U.S. Representative. From the State House of Representatives to the State Board of Education and the boards of universities and community colleges…

  • Gender Gap, Early Math Achievement and Teacher Voice – Mich. Ed. Roundup 11/8

    November 8, 2016 by

    Election Day in Michigan Months of campaigning will come to a close today, as voters across Michigan and throughout the country cast their ballots for a range of local, state and national offices. In Michigan, voters will elect the 99th Michigan Legislature, as all state house seats are up for…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Inequitable effects of retention in Florida

    November 1, 2016 by

    Study: The inequitable effects of early-grade retention in Florida Earlier this fall, Michigan lawmakers passed a law intended to support early literacy instruction, identify struggling readers earlier in elementary school, and to retain students who are not reading at or near grade level by the end of third grade…