school reform http://michiganradio.org en New EAA chief: School reform district has already "shattered the status quo," but needs to do better http://michiganradio.org/post/new-eaa-chief-school-reform-district-has-already-shattered-status-quo-needs-do-better <p>The Education Achievement Authority’s new leader says that system has already “shattered the status quo” in some of Michigan’s most troubled schools.</p><p>But Veronica Conforme says EAA leaders also need to “take a hard look” at how the district is performing.</p><p>Conforme outlined her vision for the state-run school reform district Wednesday, one day after the EAA board named her interim chancellor.</p><p>Former Chancellor John Covington, who had led the district since it launched in 2012, stepped down Monday.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18065 at http://michiganradio.org New EAA chief: School reform district has already "shattered the status quo," but needs to do better Education Achievement Authority officials: Test scores show 'phenomenal' progress http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-officials-test-scores-show-phenomenal-progress <p>Students in Michigan’s state-run district for the lowest-performing schools <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130528/SCHOOLS/305280393/EAA-says-test-results-show-students-making-phenomenal-progress?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">are making “impressive” strides.</a></p><p>At least, that’s how officials with the Education Achievement Authority are interpreting new test data.</p><p>The third set of online Scantron Performance Series tests administered to EAA students this year show what Chancellor John Covington calls “phenomenal” progress in reading and math.</p><p>District officials say 56% of all students demonstrated at least a year’s worth of progress in reading, and 65% did so in math.</p><p>Covington says most EAA students start out way behind, so it makes sense to measure growth rather than specific benchmarks.</p><p>He says these scores prove the district’s philosophy of “student –centered learning” and “meeting students where they’re at” is yielding results.</p><p>“Children aren’t able to move from one level to the next until they have clearly demonstrated they have mastered those standards and those requisite skills they need to move to the next level,” Covington says.</p><p>The district for the lowest-performing 5% of schools is only operating in 15 former Detroit Public Schools right now.</p><p>Governor Snyder is pushing to take the EAA statewide. But it’s <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130502/OPINION05/305020048/EAA-education-Snyder-Michigan-schools-Ellen-Lipton">faced considerable questions and opposition</a> from Democrats and other critics, as legislation to codify the district in state law recently stalled in the State Senate. Wed, 29 May 2013 05:19:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12781 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority officials: Test scores show 'phenomenal' progress Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools to ask voters, "should we merge?" http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-and-willow-run-schools-ask-voters-should-we-merge <p align="LEFT">Two struggling Michigan school districts will ask voters in November if they should merge.</p><p align="LEFT">Ypsilanti Public Schools has about 3,600 students; Willow Run Public Schools has about 1,600.</p><p align="LEFT">Both districts have serious financial problems, along with&nbsp;poor student test scores and low graduation rates.</p><p align="LEFT">Both districts&#39; high schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law last year.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:02:27 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8629 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools to ask voters, "should we merge?" Michigan high school grad rates remain steady despite more rigorous standards http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-high-school-grad-rates-remain-steady-despite-more-rigorous-standards <p>The graduation rate for the high school class of 2011<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/DistrictDashboard.pdf"> remained relatively steady</a> compared to the previous year, despite new science and math requirements students had to pass in order to graduate.</p><p>Wendy Zdeb-Roper is executive director of the <a href="http://mymassp.com/">Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals</a>. She says most educators had &quot;a certain degree of trepidation&quot; when the requirements were introduced because they were concerned about graduation rates and how students would fare.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/cepi/0,1607,7-113-21423_30451_51357---,00.html">Center for Educational Performance and Information</a>, the average graduation rate drop by only a little more two percent &ndash; from 76 percent in 2010 to 74 percent in 2011, which is statistically insignificant:</p><p>&quot;That number is pretty minimal compared to the Armageddon that was predicted,&quot; says Zdeb-Roper. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:48:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6992 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan high school grad rates remain steady despite more rigorous standards Parents talking about future of Grand Rapids school's leader http://michiganradio.org/post/parents-talking-about-future-grand-rapids-schools-leader <p>A decision on the future of Grand Rapids Public Schools&rsquo; superintendent has been delayed again.</p><p>Despite no comments from the school board, several residents and parents talked about Taylor&rsquo;s future. Tyrone Bynum admits he has not always gotten along with Taylor.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;My focus is what&rsquo;s good for the kids. And I think we&rsquo;ve got a winning team. And we can&rsquo;t afford right now a new superintendent with paying that one and him too&hellip;this brother is expensive,&rdquo; Bynum chuckled.</p></blockquote><p>If they chose the option - it would cost Grand Rapids schools around $1 million dollars to buy out the remaining four year of Taylor&rsquo;s contract.</p><p>The school board met twice Monday, once in a private morning meeting and a public one later in the evening. They did not approve Taylor&rsquo;s evaluation for last school year or discuss the fact that&rsquo;s he&rsquo;s applied for jobs at other school districts. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:11:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2969 at http://michiganradio.org Parents talking about future of Grand Rapids school's leader Michigan takes drastic approach to fix failing schools http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-takes-drastic-approach-fix-failing-schools <p>Michigan will try a drastic new approach to fix its failing public schools.</p><p>The state will put what it designates as &ldquo;persistently low-performing schools&rdquo; in a special, statewide school district.</p><p>The effort will start in Detroit. The city&rsquo;s public school system has gained national notoriety for its rock-bottom test scores, and is already run by a state-appointed emergency manager.</p><p>That manager will jumpstart the effort to put some Detroit schools in what the state is calling an &ldquo;Educational Achievement System&rdquo; starting in the fall of 2012.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:01:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2967 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan takes drastic approach to fix failing schools School reform announcement scheduled for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/school-reform-announcement-scheduled-detroit <p>Governor Rick Snyder, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan and Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Roy Roberts are scheduled to make an announcement regarding school reform later this morning in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110620/NEWS06/106200359/Gov-Rick-Snyder-announce-sweeping-DPS-reforms-today?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder will create an authority to run several failing Detroit public schools as part of sweeping changes to be announced today for the city&#39;s struggling school system, sources said Sunday.</p><p>The plan would restructure the failing Detroit Public Schools, which has a $327-million deficit on an operating budget of about $1.5 billion, by moving its underperforming schools under an authority to be run by the district&#39;s emergency manager, Roy Roberts, according to sources. Schools would qualify for the new system if they are deemed below certain academic standards by the Michigan Department of Education&hellip;</p><p>It&#39;s unclear exactly how many DPS schools would be transferred to a new authority. DPS already has a program under way that would close or convert to charter about half its schools.</p><p>Under the plan to be announced Monday, DPS schools not labeled as underperforming would remain under the authority of Roberts, a former top executive at General Motors, in the same manner as they are today. There are no plans to dissolve the school board, sources said.</p></blockquote><p>Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, is scheduled to take part in the announcement via a live feed from Washington, D.C.. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:21:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 2954 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Schools superintendent finalist for opening in New York http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-superintendent-finalist-opening-new-york <p>Grand Rapids Public Schools&rsquo; <a href="http://www.grpublicschools.org/superintendent">Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor</a> is <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/march1pressrelease.doc">one of two finalists</a> for an opening at a school district in New York.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:56:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1457 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Schools superintendent finalist for opening in New York