Michigan

MI House Ed Reform Committee Approves ESSA-based A-F Grading System

WDIV reports that in the Michigan legislature, a bill “to develop an academic grading style A-F grading system” was recently approved by the state House of Representatives’ Education Reform Committee. The bill would put in place an Education Accountability Policy Commission to implement the grading system, which...

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New Bill Seeks “Middle Road” on School Reporting

In Michigan, a new bill has been proposed in the state House of Representatives that would change how the state approaches school ratings. The legislation, introduced by Republican Representative Tim Kelly, would give individual schools an A-F grade on six academic indicators—including graduation rates and...

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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 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 Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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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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