Educator Effectiveness

Teaching quality is our most powerful lever to improve student learning. Of all the things that schools can control – including class size, curriculum, and textbooks – the quality of teaching that a child receives is the strongest determinant of student achievement.

For years, Michigan has lacked a coherent strategy to improve and support our state’s teaching quality and school leadership. While we have made some progress in implementing a teacher tenure system based on performance and are beginning to impliment a statewide system of educator evaluation, feedback and support, we still lack the tools, data and supports needed to ensure that every child has a highly-effective classroom leader.

The national Education Trust has been a pioneer on the issue of teaching quality. Since Ed Trust-Midwest opened in 2010, supporting and improving the teaching profession — and developing innovative new ways to ensure all Michigan students have access to highly effective teachers — has been a top priority for the organization.

results in High Standards and Rigorous Assessment.
  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 7

    Take Action! Oppose Test ChangesThe Michigan Department of Education recently announced significant changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP, marking …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 31

    Take Action! Oppose Test ChangesThe Michigan Department of Education recently announced significant changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP, marking …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 24

    MDE Confirms Major M-STEP ChangesOn Thursday, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced major changes to end-of-year testing, coming for the third t…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 3

    Equitable access to strong teachers critical for underserved studentsBlack, Latino and Native students, and students from low-income families, are less likely …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – September 5

    M-STEP Results Show Need to Build on Progress, Not Reset the ClockResults from the Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress (M-STEP) released last Tuesda…

  • M-STEP Results Show Need to Build on Progress, Not Reset the Clock

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Today’s release of the results from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) conducted last spring means t…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – June 20

    Why We’re Worried About Assessment Changes…And Why You Should Be TooLast week, Ed Trust-Midwest summarized the highlights, and lowlights, of the proposed state…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – June 6

    State's M-STEP Implementation Shows Major ProgressLast week, Michigan students finished the third round of annual state assessments using the Michigan Student …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – April 11

    MDE Chooses Expediency Over TransparencyIn late March, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent a revised state education plan to Governor Rick Snyder f…

  • Testimony on House Bill 4192, State Standards Repeal Bill

    Chairman Chatfield and members of the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness:Several years ago, Michigan began to see growing recognition of troubling tre…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 14

    ETM Urges MDE to Reconsider Backtrack on Honest Public Reporting and AccountabilityEarlier today, The Education Trust-Midwest urged State Superintendent Brian …

  • Dropping the M-STEP could ‘sabotage’ new school accountability system, group argues

    by Brian McVicar, MLiveChanging Michigan's standardized test could "undermine" a new school accountability system proposed by the Michigan Department of Educat…

  • High academic standards help all students succeed

    by Cheryl CorpusHigh academic standards are needed now more than ever.Growing up in a rural, blue-collar town here in Michigan, I often struggled to understand…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 14

    MDE Releases Draft ESSA PlanEarlier today, the Michigan Department of Education released their draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA…

  • Math Resources

    Today, students are learning math at deeper levels. Math is being taught differently now because we are no longer teaching kids how to "just do," we are teachi…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Dec. 6

    Eighth-grade students make math and science gains, nationallyOver the last four years, students have shown improvement in grade 8 math and science, nationally.…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Nov. 29

    Statement on the Selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of EducationThe full text of this statement is available here.On Wednesday, November 23, President-elec…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 25

    Districts review progress; State mulls testing changeAcross Michigan, parents are receiving M-STEP score reports from last spring and school boards are being b…

  • Joint Letter Recommending Continuing with M-STEP

                      October 10, 2016 Members of the Michigan State Board of Education,As you consider plans to comply with the requirements of the fede…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – September 13

    MDE: We See M-STEP as a “Triple Success”During a House Education Committee meeting last week, Deputy Superintendent for Educator, Student, and School Supports,…