Education Trust–Midwest

Article: "Raw Data: What's happening to the achievement gap in Michigan?"

"Public high school students who took the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) in the spring had higher proficiency rates compared with their peers who took the test last year, according to data released by the state. Despite overall gains, the achievement gap between white students and black students continues to widen, as improvement among white students takes place at a faster rate."

Article: "4 Michigan districts get a zero for students' college readiness"

"While statewide scores edged up this year on the 2014 Michigan Merit Exam, some of Metro Detroit's poorest school districts remain mired in failure."

Article: "Michigan school chief promises to get tough with charter school authorizers"

"State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced Monday he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will exercise his 'statutory authority' to prevent them from granting new charters if their performance overseeing the schools does not measure up."

Education Trust-Midwest Statement on MME results

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (July 7, 2014) – Today the state’s release of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and ACT College Readiness Assessment results reveal slight progress in achievement among Michigan high school students. Unfortunately, the state is still struggling with low achievement, while large achievement gaps remain among African-American, Latino and low-income students.
 

Statement from The Education Trust-Midwest on the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Equity Strategy

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (July 7, 2014) — Today U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced his intention to focus new energy on the problem of unequal access to quality teachers. Congress first outlawed this practice in 2002.  But that provision of federal law has mostly been ignored.