on NCLB/MEAP and Michigan High School Report Cards
from: Michigan Department of Education's Public Agenda and the
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Districts
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November 4, 2004, the Michigan Department of Education posted
Education YES! High School Report Cards on
This is the second time high schools have received the annual
The Education YES! accreditation system is how the State of
Michigan is meeting the federal requirements of No Child Left
Some high school buildings were identified as "needing
improvement" based on student performance on the Michigan
Education Assessment Program (MEAP) and the calculated Adequate
Yearly Progress (AYP) for students and specific student
There are 50 ways for a high school not to make AYP.
For a high school to make AYP, it would have to meet
participation (in the test), graduation, and achievement targets
in English Language Arts and Math for the entire student body
and each subgroup of 30 or more students identified by No Child
Left Behind. The subgroups are:
Black or African American;
American Indian or Alaska Native;
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander;
Hispanic or Latino;
Caucasian or White;
Limited English Proficient;
Students with Disabilities; and
Education YES! is a new accreditation system created by the
Michigan Department of Education for every public school
building and all charter schools in the state.
Each report card includes a single grade for English Language
Arts, math, science, social studies, performance indicators,
whether or not the district made AYP, and one composite grade.
Schools that receive a composite grade of A, B, or C are
Schools with D grades are "On Alert" and will receive
conditional accreditation. Schools with F grades are not
accredited and will receive support from the Michigan Department
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of each school building's composite
grade is based on student achievement. The State of Michigan
measures student achievement through an evaluation of three
years of Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) test
Thirty-three percent (33%) of a school building's composite
grade is based on 11 "performance indicators" that can
positively impact student learning. They are grouped into three
categories and were self-reported by each school building.
1. Engagement - Includes the collection and use of data,
continuous improvement, and how closely what we teach matches up
to standards set by the State of Michigan.
2. Instructional Quality - This includes how well educators are
trained and how they continue that training.
3. Learning Opportunities - This includes family involvement,
student attendance and dropout rate, student education and
employment plans, and school facilities.
A high school building's AYP status also impacts the final
No federal sanctions apply to high schools in the Muskegon Area
because they do not use Title I funds to operate.
The Michigan Department of Education may or may not create
sanctions for high schools that do not make AYP.
High school report cards are being released later than
elementary and middle school report cards because state law
mandates testing later in the school year.
The State Board has approved a formula (sliding confidence
interval) that creates a statistical margin of error, based upon
size of grade being tests, to allow AYP status for high schools
with less than 30 students.
High School Report Card Content
Grades for school building student achievement will be based on
state assessment scores and shown in two ways:
1.Achievement Status: defines the current academic proficiency
using up to three years of state assessment scores in English
language arts, math, social studies, and science.
2.Achievement Change: tracks the proficiency of each grade level
using up to six years of state assessment results in reading,
math, social studies, and science.
A summary grade for the three categories of performance
indicators: engagement, instructional quality, and learning
opportunities. One composite grade based on 67% of the student
achievement grades (MEAP Status, and Change) and 33% on the
performance indicator grades. Whether or not the high school
made AYP. Further analysis of the report card also indicates the
reason the high school did or did not make AYP.
MORE ABOUT AYP and NCLB
Schools with scores that do not meet AYP targets set by the
State of Michigan are placed on the state government's list of
schools that need improvement.
All public school buildings receive an annual Adequate Yearly
Progress report. However, only those school buildings that
receive federal funding through Title I, and are on the list of
schools needing improvement, are required to take the specific
action outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
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