Education Trust–Midwest

Honest Information on School Performance: Michigan Needs Clarity in Measuring Quality

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (August 20, 2013) – Today the Michigan Department of Education released its results from the new state-wide school accountability and public reporting system, now being implemented for the first time. While the new system provides important information on school performance, it lacks the clear, coherent information that parents need and educators deserve to improve their schools’ performance.

Quality Teaching for All Students: A Top Priority for Michigan

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (July 24, 2013) - Calling the improvement of Michigan’s teaching quality one of the most important issues facing the state, the Education Trust-Midwest applauds the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness’ final report as it is released today. The report outlines Michigan’s proposed first state-wide educator evaluation and support system.

Intentionally Successful: New Mini-Brief Finds College Efforts to Increase Student Success Work

WASHINGTON (July 17, 2013) — Employing new data reported to the U.S. Department of Education by colleges and universities, The Education Trust finds encouraging news for those concerned about closing access and success gaps in higher education. 

New Analyses Examine State Track Records in Performance and Improvement

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) — Common Core standards have the potential to dramatically raise the rigor of instruction – and the level of achievement – in schools across the country. But these standards will also demand more of our students and teachers than ever before. While there is much work to be done in all states to lift all students to the college- and career-ready level, a new analysis shows that the stretch is far bigger in some states than in others.

Huge achievement gaps remain in Michigan high school performance

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (June 24, 2013) – Michigan’s high school students gained almost no ground in the last year on the Michigan Merit Exam and ACT – the assessments used to gauge whether students are meeting academic standards in literacy, math, science, and social studies.

“Though Michigan has seen some gains in achievement on the ACT in recent years, we’re still not making major gains in student learning among our high school students,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of the nonpartisan Education Trust-Midwest, a nonprofit organization that works to raise performance and close achievement gaps in Michigan.