Education Week’s annual report on the state of American education recently gave Michigan a “D” in K-12 achievement. Sadly, the grade is well-deserved, given our relative decline on national assessments, and our dismal achievement gaps for African-American students. So it's not surprising that education will continue to dominate the heated debate in Michigan over how to improve learning for our students.
Here are 10 buzz-worthy education issues to watch in Michigan in 2013:
1. Who defines “quality” education?
Back in 2011, some Lansing leaders were puzzled when we demanded quality standards for charter school operators wanting to expand in Michigan. Today, lots of folks talk about education “quality.”
Everyone wants to own the “quality” school badge. But few are willing to attach research-based strategies to the label. Quality is more than a marketing slogan -- it requires quantifiable performance measures if it's to hold meaning.
More than two decades of research in Michigan and nationally reveals which “quality” reforms truly help students – and which are merely political smoke. Here’s hoping real reforms trump politics this year.