Michigan

Ed Trust-Midwest Not Pulling Any Punches with Michigan Plan…

“For more than two decades, the best states for public education have shown the importance of providing the public with honest data on how well schools are serving students,” write The Education Trust-Midwest’s Amber Arellano and Brian Gutman. Unfortunately, Michigan has been “modeling exactly what...

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Michigan Fires Back at Ed Trust-Midwest

Brian McVicar reports on MLive.com that the Michigan Department of Education is “firing back against an education research and advocacy organization”— The Education Trust-Midwest —“that issued a statement sharply critical of its plan to comply with” ESSA. Read Ed Trust-Midwest’s statement here.

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Michigan Plan (Finally) Approved

Sec. DeVos has approved Michigan’s plan. In a statement, covered by MLive, she noted that, “While the plan meets the statutory requirements, Michigan must not view this as a ceiling, but rather as a baseline upon which to build, strengthen and expand. I urge Michigan’s...

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Michigan Missing the (Bench) Mark

Also in Michigan, the state’s new school bench-marking system is being created both because it was mandated by ESSA, and—according to State Superintendent Brian Whiston—“the old system wasn’t working.”

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Michigan Works on Transparency

In Michigan, as state officials “work on a new school transparency dashboard—an online tool containing an array of performance indicators for every public school in Michigan—they’re seeking input from parents and residents.”

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans   Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Illinois: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Louisiana: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Maine: Final Plan Approved (8/31/17) Massachusetts: Final Plan Approved (9/21/17) Michigan:...

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MI Re-submits ESSA Plan

After the U.S. Dept. of Education declined to review Michigan’s plan because of too much missing information, the state has re-submitted its ESSA plan. According to UPMatters.com, “The re-submitted plan includes requested technical detail and clarifications to the first submitted plan, as well as better...

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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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