Education Trust–Midwest

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. 

Statement: Governor Snyder, State Legislature Invests in Michigan Students, Teachers

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (June, 13 2014) -- The following statement was released by The Education Trust-Midwest in reaction to the passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget. The statement may be attributed to Ed Trust-Midwest Executive Director, Amber Arellano.

“Yesterday, the Legislature took important steps toward investing in Michigan’s students and teachers in the FY15 budget.

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.