Michigan Schools Continue to
Michigan Dept. of Education News Release, April 14, 2003,
Contact: T.J. Bucholz, Media Relations Officer, (517) 241-4395
For more articles like this
LANSING – Reports compiled according to federally mandated
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) formulas indicate that 88 percent
of Michigan’s elementary and middle school buildings are making
progress toward achievement testing goals.
Most recent school year data (2001-2002) indicates that 1,990
Michigan’s elementary and middle schools were making AYP toward
the federal goal of having 100 percent of all Michigan students
proficient in reading and mathematics by the year 2014.
“What this data tells the citizens of Michigan is that the vast
majority of our schools are meeting their academic goals,” said
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “But, more importantly, the data
identifies those schools that need our help the most. Together,
we will move forward to better serve all of our children.”
“We can use this new data to target the state’s finite resources
to the schools with the most opportunity for real improvement,”
said Tom Watkins, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“The success of our students is a testament to the outstanding
work of our nation’s unsung heroes – teachers. We will not rest
until our work to lift up students, teachers, and schools is
“We are pleased to see schools making progress toward having all
children proficient in both reading and mathematics,” said
Kathleen Straus, State Board of Education President. “Focusing
resources to our schools that are most in need is in line with
our strategic goal of improving academic achievement of all
schools and students, especially those that are under
Data indicated that 216 Michigan school buildings have not made
AYP in reading and/or mathematics. These schools will begin
implementing corrective action immediately, such as submitting a
school improvement plan, providing transportation to schools
that have made AYP, and/or offering supplemental educational
services to students.
Data also indicated that 685 school buildings around the state
have made AYP for this year only. These schools will need to
make AYP again next year to avoid federal sanctions under the
sweeping No Child Left Behind Act.
The federal AYP formula measures progress in reading and
mathematics. Education YES!, the state’s new accreditation
system, will include science and writing Michigan Educational
Assessment Program (MEAP) scores.
“Michigan continues to follow the federal guidelines for the No
Child Left Behind Act,” said Jeremy Hughes, Chief Academic
Officer for the Michigan Department of Education. “Our state is
now held to the same standard as everyone. This allows parallel
comparisons from state to state.”