Education Trust–Midwest

Invest in what Works: An Education Road Map for Michigan Leaders

As an organization made up of Michiganders, we know well how our parents once prided themselves on the quality of our state’s public schools. Sadly, we have little to be proud of today. Our state’s educational performance is lackluster by practically any reliable measure.

Publication date: 
April 18 2013

Rising MEAP scores, but enduring achievement gaps in Michigan

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (February 11, 2013) - The Education Trust-Midwest commends steady improvements by Michigan K-12 students in some key subjects on the 2012 state academic assessments. 

Michigan residents support Ed Trust-Midwest agenda, saying supporting teachers is best route to improving education, Center for Michigan study shows

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (January 22, 2013) - The Education Trust-Midwest applauds the Center for Michigan for gathering public sentiment on how to best improve education in Michigan. CFM’s report, released today, slices through the myriad education reform packages in Lansing to reveal the education strategies that Michigan residents most value – as well as strategies they appear to largely reject.


The year-long study revealed an overwhelming public mandate for giving public school teachers stronger training, feedback and support so they can improve in the classroom. Nearly nine-in-10 state residents said that supporting teachers was “important” or “crucial” to improving K-12 education in Michigan. More than 7,500 diverse residents from across Michigan took part in the study, participating in more than 250 community conversations and two large-sample polls.

Charter School Growth In Michigan Brings Cautionary Tale On Quality

By Joy Resmovits

(Story originally ran in the Huffington Post on January 17, 2013)

Charter schools are the fastest-growing sector of public education, taking root in most U.S. states, thanks to a big push by the education reform lobby and the federal government's Race to the Top competition. And since the movement's inception in the early 1990s, its founders have learned a few things.

Across charter schools, there are similarities in what works to boost student achievement. A 2011 study identified five successes of charter schools: "frequent teacher feedback, the use of data to guide instruction, high-dosage tutoring, increased instructional time and high expectations."

But just because charter schools have the flexibility to become successful in these ways doesn't mean all of them meet those five criteria. In fact, most probably don't.

Education Trust-Midwest applauds Michigan high-growth charter schools; shares concerns about low-growth charters highlighted by CREDO research study

ROYAL OAK, MICH.  (January 15, 2013)  --   The Education Trust-Midwest applauds, with a note of caution, a new report on charter performance by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). The study  found that a typical student in a Michigan charter school gains more learning in a year than his or her public school district school peer, amounting to about an additional two months of learning annually in reading and math.

“As an organization committed to what’s best for all students, we commend Michigan charter schools that are performing at high levels,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for Michigan’s only statewide organization devoted to closing the state’s achievement gaps and raising learning for all students.