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Education Trust-Midwest, 2018
Michigan is at a critical moment in time -- a historic moment where citizens and leaders must choose whether the state will take advantage of new opportunities to become a top ten education state -- or face a continued and dramatic educational decline. Today, national data reveal that Michigan's public education system is among the poorest…
Descriptors: Public Education, Low Achievement, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap
Joy, Sunil – Education Trust-Midwest, 2017
Since early 2017, the governor and state legislature have been debating the state's school aid budget for fiscal year 2017-18. The roughly $14 billion school aid budget is the primary source of public school funding in Michigan. As described in the March 2017 analysis of the Governor's executive budget recommendation, the state budget provides…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgets, Budgeting, State Aid
Joy, Sunil – Education Trust-Midwest, 2017
In little more than a decade, Michigan has gone from being a fairly average state, to among the nation's bottom ten states in essential measures for student learning. It's a devastating fall, and students of color and low-income students--long poorly served by the state--are suffering the most from the system's terribly low performance. Governor…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
Joy, Sunil; Arellano, Amber – Education Trust-Midwest, 2016
In Michigan, schools and educators are held accountable for performance more than ever before. Charter school authorizers--the entities responsible for opening and overseeing new and existing charter schools--face almost no accountability for their performance. In Michigan's current charter landscape, the enormous responsibility of authorizing has…
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, School Effectiveness, Quality Control
Arellano, Amber; Bedi, Suneet; Gallagher, Terry – Education Trust-Midwest, 2016
In recent months business leaders across the state have committed to a new effort to make Michigan a top ten education state by 2030. The Michigan Achieves initiative is designed to make that ambitious and urgent goal happen for "all" students in the state. These leaders know with certainty what others in Michigan are beginning to grasp:…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Economic Impact
Lenhoff, Sarah W.; Arellano, Amber; Joy, Sunlil – Education Trust-Midwest, 2015
This report takes a closer look at not just student learning, but also the quality of school conditions that support that learning. There, too, Michigan has troubling weak spots. The state currently ranks 42nd of 47 for funding equity, meaning Michigan has some of the biggest gaps in resources between high-poverty and low-poverty school districts.…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Teaching Methods, Educational Equity (Finance), School District Wealth
Lenhoff, Sarah; Arellano, Amber – Education Trust-Midwest, 2014
State of Michigan Education report -- "Stalled to Soaring: Michigan's Path to Educational Recovery" -- is the result of months of research and a year of Education Trust-Midwest's efforts to monitor where Michigan is making progress on improving public education. The report findings include: (1) Michigan now ranks in the bottom five…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Public Education, Academic Standards, Charter Schools
Lenhoff, Sarah W.; Arellano, Amber; Zeman, David – Education Trust-Midwest, 2013
As an organization made up of Michiganders, we know well how our parents once prided themselves on the quality of our state's public schools. Sadly, we have little to be proud of today. Our state's educational performance is lackluster by practically any reliable measure. In this report, we lay out a common-sense agenda to raise Michigan's…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Instructional Leadership
Lenhoff, Sarah W. – Education Trust-Midwest, 2013
Michigan students continue to fall behind their peers in other states in learning. According to 2013 national assessment data, an appalling 69 percent of Michigan fourth-graders cannot read on grade level -- an indicator of future academic success. Neither Michigan's students nor the state's economic future can afford to wait to turnaround our…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation
Education Trust-Midwest, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education has given Michigan a rare opportunity to devise new educational systems that better serve our state's students, families and educators. In return, Washington has agreed to waive some provisions of No Child Left Behind. For instance, states will no longer have to ensure that all students are proficient in reading…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Compliance (Legal), Accountability
Lenhoff, Sarah – Education Trust-Midwest, 2012
Great teachers can actually alter the life trajectory of their students. Effective teachers can help close gaps for students who come to school far behind; they can influence whether their students attend college after high school; they can even significantly impact the future salaries of their students, years before they enter the workforce. For…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Performance Based Assessment
Arellano, Amber; Lenhoff, Sarah W.; Jacobs, Drew – Education Trust-Midwest, 2012
An honest look at public education in Michigan reveals both hopeful and dismal news. While their state has taken a few bold steps in the past year to improve their education system, their students still lag far behind their peers nationally, and the performance gaps between them -- across income level and race -- are both alarming and persistent.…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Cutting Scores
Arellano, Amber – Education Trust-Midwest, 2011
Despite Michigan's rich history of entrepreneurship and innovation, the state now trails most others both economically and educationally. This report documents the shockingly low performance of schools statewide. Although Detroit has the weakest scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) among the country's big cities, other…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, National Competency Tests, Educational Indicators