Education Trust–Midwest

Business Leaders Urge Smarter Balanced Assessment Adoption

Business Leaders for Michigan headed a coalition urging the Legislature to support adoption of the Smarter Balanced assessment as a replacement for the Michigan Education Assessment Program.

The groups noted that school districts have already been implementing the Common Core State Standards and that some districts are beginning to try Smarter Balanced next school year.

Broad coalition urges Legislature to move forward with state student, assessment plan

ROYAL OAK, MICH.

Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding Michigan's Ban on Racial Preferences

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2014) – “If our nation’s schools provided an education to students of color anywhere near the quality of education they provide to white students, we would feel a lot more comfortable with the Supreme Court’s decision today to let stand the decision of Michigan’s voters to ban the use of race as a consideration in admission to the state’s colleges and universities. The United States is far from having an equitable K-12 educational system where the color of students’ skin truly does not matter.

What Michigan can learn from leading education states (guest commentary)

Tennessee — not traditionally a high-performing education state — recently made national headlines for becoming the nation’s leading state for student learning growth in some key subjects.

The country was surprised, but Tennessee leaders were not.

Michigan now ranks in bottom five states for learning progress in some subjects

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (April 3, 2014)  -- Michigan now ranks in the bottom five states for student learning progress over the last decade in some subjects, according to The Education Trust-Midwest’s new 2014 State of Michigan Education report.  Michigan is one of only six states in the nation that posted negative student growth in fourth-grade reading, according to new national assessment data.