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Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
The 2014 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card is the Mackinac Center's second effort to measure high school performance. The first high school assessment was published in 2012, followed by the Center's 2013 elementary and middle school report card, which used a similar methodology to evaluate school performance. The…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Testing
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
The Michigan Context and Performance Report Card measures school performance by adjusting standardized test scores to account for student background. Comparing schools using unadjusted test scores ignores the significant relationship between academic performance and student socioeconomic background--a dynamic outside a school's control. The…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Regression (Statistics), Achievement Rating, Comparative Analysis
Van Beek, Michael; Bowen, Daniel; Mills, Jonathan – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2012
Assessing a high school's effectiveness is not straightforward. Comparing a school's standardized test scores to those of other schools is one approach to measuring effectiveness, but a major objection to this method is that students' test scores tend to be related to students' "socioeconomic" status--family household income, for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Lunch Programs, Income
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2011
In the passionate debates over providing equal educational opportunity for all children, it's frequently argued that large financial inequities create challenges for many public schools, particularly those in lower-income urban areas. This study compares the revenues and operating expenditures of Michigan's urban, suburban, town and rural school…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Schools, Expenditures, Municipalities
Olson, Ryan S.; LaFaive, Michael D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
The system that finances Michigan's schools from kindergarten through 12th grade is a perennial topic of conversation among policymakers, parents, taxpayers and voters. A constructive discussion of this issue, however, requires a sound knowledge of the financial workings of Michigan's elementary and secondary school system. This knowledge is…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Agencies, Public Schools, Money Management
Vedder, Richard; Denhart, Matthew – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
State universities in Michigan argue that they have been starved for money and that falling real appropriations from the state legislature have jeopardized the quality of higher education. They contend that this has resulted in a loss of competitiveness for Michigan at a time when the state faces economic stagnation caused by globalization's…
Descriptors: State Universities, Educational Finance, State Aid, Income
LaFaive, Michael D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2004
As the debate rages in Lansing over the size and scope of the 2004-2005 Fiscal Year state budget, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is republishing and updating budget cutting ideas from its March 2003 study, "Recommendations to Strengthen Civil Society and Balance Michigan's Budget." The 2003 study made over 200 recommendations…
Descriptors: School Support, Public Policy, Income, State Schools