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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 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
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
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