State Releases School Report Cards
(PDF) - The Michigan Department of Education today issued its
EducationYES! Report Cards to Michigan elementary, middle, and high schools
along with the annual report on each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress as
required by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Also see:
Schools Making AYP in 2005;
Schools Not Making AYP in 2005;
Districts Making AYP in 2005; and
Districts Not Making AYP in 2005.
District Report Cards (2004) - This is the first time school districts as a
whole have received report cards. Similar to individual schools, the
district report card is based on: Minimum size of 30 students in each
subgroup for the district, in the grades tested, using the same rules as
applied to individual schools and Overall student achievement in Math and
English Language Arts (ELA) over the entire district.
Adopts Progress Standards For Districts -
Despite complaints from larger districts that they would
be at a disadvantage from the policy, the State Board of Education adopted a
policy Tuesday that requires all districts to adopt adequate yearly progress
standards for at least two of their school levels to be considered having
met AYP overall.
District Report Cards (PDF) - On the agenda for the Michigan State
Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 12 (to be held at 9:30 AM in
Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Admin Building, 1331
Franklin, SE.): Memo from State Superintendent Tom Watkins: At the September
14 meeting of the State Board of education, a proposal was presented for
discussion pertaining to the manner in which school district report cards
would be calculated. The proposal was faxed to all local and intermediate
school district superintendents, as well as authorizers and directors of
public school academies. Presentations on the proposal were also made at the
fall meetings of several professional associations. Based on the reactions
and suggestions received to date, the proposal has been revised to reflect
what follows in this memorandum.
School Performance Indicators Under Ed Yes! (PDF) - On the agenda for
the Michigan State Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 12 (to be
held at 9:30 AM in Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Admin
Building, 1331 Franklin, SE.): Memo from State Superintendent Tom Watkins on
proposed changes to the weight given performance indicators in calculating a
school's "grade" under the Michigan school accountability plan "Ed Yes!" The
changes would make it more difficult for a school that receives a "D" or "F"
in academic achievement to raise that grade by rating themselves highly on
the performance indicators.
Schools Making AYP For One Year
- Preliminary calculations indicate that a number of schools that
were implementing some phase of NCLB consequences, because of not making adequate
yearly progress (AYP) in the past, have just made AYP on the 2004 EducationYES!
Schools That Did Not Make AYP -
Schools that are in Phase 3 (Corrective Action) and Phase 4 (Development of
Restructuring Plan) are reminded that NCLB - Section 1116(b)(8)(C) - requires
that a school district: * Provide prompt notice to parents and teachers of the
need for corrective action or restructuring planning, and * Provide parents and
teachers an "adequate opportunity" to: 1. Comment before taking any action, and
2. Participate in developing any plan. This is a reminder to schools that did
not make adequate yearly progress (AYP) on the 2004 preliminary school
EducationYES! report cards that were just issued.
TX Secondary Experience:
More Schools Providing Job
Training - Even though Kevin Hitchel had never worked in a construction
zone, he wanted to be a civil engineer the day he walked into his high school's
construction class. "I didn't know what I would be doing, but I knew it would
help me," said Hitchel, who graduated last month from Clear Lake High School. By
then, the 18-year-old knew how to draw a blueprint, fix a baseball-size hole in
a wall, outfit a room with electrical wires and recite the names and functions
of more than 100 hand tools and household fixtures. As business owners request
more experience from their entry-level employees, the nation's high schools are
beginning to train -- not just educate -- students such as Hitchel.
Michigan Senate to
Look at Self-Grading Schools - A Michigan Senate panel will look into
the Department of Education's decision to base one-third of its school report
card grade on a school's own self-evaluation after a Detroit News report
revealed that several Detroit-area schools gave themselves As to prevent
themselves from failing.
The Many Ways to
Flunk AYP under NCLB: Different Approaches, Different Results
- Michigan Department of Education officials said today it
shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the state's best
schools were labeled as not making "Adequate Yearly Progress"
(AYP) under the new federal guidelines, noting that a school
has some 50 ways it can trip up.