Education Trust–Midwest

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.

Failing charter operators keep expanding in Michigan

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (May 23, 2013) - A new Education Trust-Midwest analysis of charter schools scheduled to open in Michigan this fall shows chronically low-performing operators are continuing to expand rapidly in the state, regardless of what’s best for students. The data demonstrate Michigan needs to seriously consider holding charter authorizers more accountable for school quality.

Strong business and education support for Common Core in Michigan

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (May 3, 2013) – Michigan business, civic and education leaders are calling on Michigan lawmakers and Governor Rick Snyder to continue on the path of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to ensure that all Michigan students are college and career ready. 

Michigan Nightlight Program Profile: The Education Trust- Midwest

Michigan Nightlight's profile on The Education Trust- Midwest