Education Trust–Midwest

Ed Trust President Kati Haycock speaks at Mackinac Policy Conference

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. (May 29, 2014) - Today Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, told state leaders at the Mackinac Policy Conference that Michigan must build on its recent investments in quality pre-school programs to raise achievement for students at all levels -- and to close troubling opportunity gaps that too often leave low-income students and students of color behind.

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.

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.