Michigan

Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback on MI’s ESSA Plans

The Dept. of Education released feedback on Michigan’s ESSA plans. In a departure from the other feedback we’ve seen, Education Week’s Alyson Klein wrote, “The department told the state chief, Brian Whiston, the information it provided ‘was insufficient’ to ‘adequately review’ the section of the...

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24 Teachers Chosen to Serve on MI’s Accountability Task Force

Twenty-four teachers were chosen to serve on Michigan’s accountability task force to “help guide the implementation” of ESSA. According to MLive, “the teachers were chosen from a pool of more than 300 who applied for a spot on the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council.”

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MI Moves to a Dashboard System

Michigan will “no longer rank schools based on test scores,” but plans to move to a dashboard system under ESSA. Venessa Keesler, deputy superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education, praised the proposed plan and described the dashboard as a “crown jewel,” focusing on the...

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MI’s ESSA Plan Lacks Clarity and Detail, According to Peer Review

In Bellwether and the Collaborative’s peer review, experts found that Michigan’s plan lacked both clarity and detail. Michigan education officials responded to the review and shared their commitment to improving their state’s ESSA plan, saying “We stand by to answer any questions the U.S. Department...

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MI Lt. Governor Requests ESSA Plan Be Sent Back to Officials

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley wrote the U.S. Dept. of Education requesting that the state’s ESSA plan be sent back so officials can “rework [the] plan in order to ensure more accountability for special education students.” In the letter, Calley argued that the state’s “proposed...

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MI Submits ESSA Plan to Dept. of Ed

Michigan submitted its ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education. In his letter, Gov. Rick Snyder criticized the plan’s inclusion of an n-size of 30, noting that it would “leave out many students who deserve transparency and accountability just as much as every other student.”...

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Concerns Raised over Michigan’s Proposed ESSA Plan

In an opinion piece, Michael J. Petrilli and Brandon L. Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute raised concerns over the Michigan’s proposed ESSA plan. Petrilli and Wright argued that the state’s plan “to hold schools accountable for student outcomes fails to meet the educational...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) Nevada: Final...

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