michigan education reform http://michiganradio.org en Michigan considers grading schools from A to F http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-considers-grading-schools-f <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - <a href="https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_56562---,00.html">Michigan's new color-coded school accountability system</a> is already up for an overhaul just two months after its debut.<br /><br />Some lawmakers say schools should get A-F grades just like students do, so parents and others can easily understand performance.<br /> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:07:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15010 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan considers grading schools from A to F The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-lunatic-fringe-opposes-common-core <p>America always has had strange outliers on the margins of our politics, from half-secret movements like the Know-Nothings to the left-wing crazies of the late 1960s. My eighth grade teacher referred to those on the farther shores of our politics as the “lunatic fringe.”</p><p>In more recent times, most of the nuts have been right-wing nuts. When I was young they opposed putting fluoride in the water, seeing that as a Communist plot. Indeed, they saw Communist plots everywhere. The head of the John Birch Society wrote a book claiming that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was an active agent of the Communist conspiracy. Asked about this once in Hillsdale, William F. Buckley Jr., said Eisenhower wasn’t a commie, but a golfer.</p><p>Well, classic communism is gone. Nobody talks about fluoride any more. But we still have a conspiracy-haunted fringe, and in Michigan today their latest cause is fighting what are called the Common Core Curriculum learning standards.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:59:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13572 at http://michiganradio.org The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core Commentary: Our Next Governor? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-our-next-governor <p>Over the last half-century, whenever an incumbent Michigan governor has run for re-election, the opposing party has almost always chosen an opponent in a difficult and expensive primary.</p><p>Those battles have used up most of their cash, and given the opposition plenty of ammunition. Partly as a result, every incumbent governor running for a second term has been reelected.</p><p>New Democratic state chair Lon Johnson says it is time to learn from this. He's helped persuade his party to come together around statewide candidates more than a year before the election. Things can always change, but as of now Democrats have settled on former Battle Creek congressman Mark Schauer for governor. It would be difficult to exaggerate how much Democrats would like to beat Rick Snyder. They intensely dislike most of what he has done or tried to do, from taxing pensions to attacking unions.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:53:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13204 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Our Next Governor? Commentary: Mackinac and Education http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-mackinac-and-education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It sometimes seems that education reform has become a lot like the weather.&nbsp; We talk almost incessantly about it these days, but you have to wonder if anybody really can do much to change things.</span></p><p>The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mackinac Conference begins today, and education is a heavy focus. Michelle Rhee, the controversial founder of StudentsFirst and the former head of Washington D.C. public schools will give a keynote address. There will be a panel on 21st Century jobs and education, and another, moderated by Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White, on early childhood education.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:25:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12783 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Mackinac and Education The Education Achievement Authority, Part 2: A tale of two EAA schools http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-part-2-tale-two-eaa-schools <p>If there’s a school near you that’s been deemed <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_56811-261309--,00.html">“persistently low-achieving,”</a> it could soon come under the control of a new regime.</p><p>Governor Snyder is leading a controversial effort to create a statewide district for those struggling schools. Right now, that district—formally known as the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA--is doing a kind of pilot year in Detroit.</p><p>How well is that working out? &nbsp;The answer to that question depends very much on who you ask.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:38:09 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12147 at http://michiganradio.org The Education Achievement Authority, Part 2: A tale of two EAA schools Education Achievement Authority says tests show student progress http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-says-tests-show-student-progress <p></p><p>The Education Achievement Authority says new data show students in that school district are making progress.</p><p>The EAA is a state-run district for the lowest-performing schools. It launched just this school year with 15 former Detroit public schools.</p><p>The district gave all students a Scantron Performance Series benchmark&nbsp;test at the start of the year, to establish&nbsp;baseline skill levels. Students in grades 2-9 were just tested again in late January and early February.</p><p>Results show that 27% of students have made what the district counts as one year’s worth of progress in just a few months. 22% have made the same level of progress in math.</p><p>Overall, the district says 48% of students are “on track” to achieve at least that much progress in reading, and 43% in math, by the end of the school year.</p><p>EAA Chancellor John Covington says in the district’s eyes, those numbers equal success.</p><p>“It takes time for all of us to learn this new way of doing things,” Covington said. “And so with that being true, we were thinking at least 50% [making grade-level progress]&nbsp;in the first year. And we’re getting pretty close to that.”</p><p>Covington says these results show the EAA computer-based curriculum of “student-centered learning”-- based on “meeting students where they are" at&nbsp;“instructional levels” rather than typical grades--can help even the lowest-performing students improve.</p><p>This is the first real batch of data to come out of the EAA.</p><p>MEAP tests for grades K-9, administered last fall, showed “minimal proficiency levels,” Covington said. High school students won’t be tested until March.</p><p>The state’s attempt to create a “recovery district” for Michigan’s lowest-performing has been controversial for various reasons.</p><p>Many are leery of the idea of the state seizing locally-controlled schools—especially Detroit Public Schools, which have a troubled history of state intervention.</p><p>The district isn’t currently operating under state law, but rather an interlocal agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University.</p><p>Governor Snyder says codifying the district into state law—and expanding its reach statewide—is one of his priorities for this legislative term. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/school_reform_michigan.html">An effort to do so in last year’s lame duck session failed</a>.</p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:50:09 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11383 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority says tests show student progress Stateside: Superintendent Dr. Vickie Markavitch on Michigan's proposed education overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-superintendent-dr-vickie-markavitch-michigans-proposed-education-overhaul <p>Yesterday, we covered the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stateside-education-reforms-aim-change-schools-formats">proposed education overhaul bill</a> that could drastically change the ways students attend school.</p><p>Today, we spoke with Dr. Vickie Markavitch about Michigan’s education system and her view of the proposed changes.</p><p>Markavitch, a Superintendent of Oakland County Schools, claims the changes would have a negative impact on Michigan’s schools.</p><p>“I’ve been an educator for 46 years. I don’t think we can turn over our next generation to something that is ‘anyhow, any one.’ It’s a corporatization of public education. It really has nothing to do with improving achievement,” she said.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:35:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10202 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Superintendent Dr. Vickie Markavitch on Michigan's proposed education overhaul Detroit is the laboratory for state school reform effort http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-laboratory-state-school-reform-effort <p>Governor Rick Snyder says <a href="http://detroitk12.org/content/2011/06/20/governor-detroit-public-schools-emergency-manager-jointly-unveil-dramatic-education-reform-plan-to-restructure-failing-michigan-schools/">the state will take a dramatically new to approach to its worst schools--starting in Detroit</a>.</p><p>Years of turmoil and power struggles over the Detroit Public Schools have left a polarizing legacy in the city. That history has left many Detroiters absorbing Snyder&rsquo;s plan with a cautious sense of déjà vu.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 02:57:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2981 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit is the laboratory for state school reform effort