Education Trust–Midwest

ETM Statement on Proposed New “A to F” School Accountability System

(November 13, 2013) -- Thank you for giving us the chance to speak to you today about HB 5112, the proposed A to F school accountability bill. I am Amber Arellano, the executive director of the Education Trust-Midwest. With me today is Daria Hall, the Director of K-12 Policy Development at the national Education Trust. Daria is one of the country’s foremost experts in school accountability. Ed Trust – Midwest is a non-partisan, data-driven education research and advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels – pre-kindergarten through college.

Michigan Achievement Makes Little Progress

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (November 7, 2013) –  Michigan now ranks in the bottom third of all states in fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade math, and eighth-grade math, according to new data released today from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Michigan’s fourth-grade African-American students continue to rank last in math, compared to their counterparts around the country.

Ed Trust-Midwest cheers lawmakers, calls for next steps on Common Core

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (October 29, 2013) – Cheering the Michigan House, the Education Trust-Midwest thanks policymakers on both sides of the political aisle today for making students a priority as the legislature reaffirms our state's commitment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The Education Trust-Midwest thanks lawmakers for their support of Common Core, high student standards

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (October 24, 2013) - After hours of testimony and weeks of analysis, today the Senate voted to trust the judgment of Michigan’s local school districts and teachers and restore funding for Common Core State Standards. The Senate resolution is an affirmation of the Common Core and Michigan students, who will now be better prepared to succeed after high school. Higher standards will also brighten our state’s economic future by producing graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for 21st century jobs.  

A Middle Ground on Teacher Evaluations

September 26, 2013 - Amber Arellano's THINK piece on the Detroit News