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Getting Honest About Grad Rates: How States Play the Numbers and Students Lose (PDF) - The past year has seen unprecedented attention paid to the nation’s public high schools.


MI Facts About Special Education in Michigan April 2005 from the Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services - click here (PDF)


Special Report: Data-Driven Decision-Making - Data-driven decision-making, which involves the collection and analysis of test results, demographic information, and other student data to make more informed decisions about instruction--and, given the stringent requirements of NCLB, it's a practice that is no longer an option for today's school leaders, but a necessity.

Featured Website: National Center for Education Statistics - NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States. You can easily search for public and private schools in your area and learn all about them, find college information online, and locate public libraries. A goldmine of data.


Working Hard, Falling Short: 9.2 Million Families Barely Getting By - On October 12, 2004 a 36 page report titled: Working Hard, Falling Short - America's Working Families and the Pursuit of Economic Security was released by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations. It shows that 9.2 million working families in the United States - one out of every four - earn wages that are so low they are barely able to survive financially. 20 million children are in these low-income working families.


TX State Undercounts Dropouts, Expert Says - Boston professor says Texas should look at completion numbers. Annual school ratings surged over the past decade in Texas with the help of a faulty formula used to count dropouts, a Boston College professor said Tuesday during a court challenge to the state's school finance system. [Free login/registration required to view this article.]


MI Detroit Population Still in Top 10, but Falling - Six of Michigan's largest population centers rank in the top 200 in the nation, with Detroit No. 10; but according to a U.S. Census report released Thursday, people continue to leave the city and others.


U.S. Website Promises Easy Access to School Data - Federal, state and private education leaders launched a Web site Thursday that promises unprecedented access to information about public school performance.


MI Michigan Child Welfare: Serving Special Kids - For the first time, report includes disabled children; parents say it's difficult to get them the help they need. One in eight Michigan youths has a disability that interferes with their ability to learn, go outside the home alone, see, hear or move about, according to the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book released today.


MI 2003 Michigan School Health Services Report Now Available Online - A survey was administered to schools in the Spring of 2002 to K-12 schools to assess school health services in schools. The document is at the Educational Materials Website at


MI How to Use the 2003 Michigan Kids Count DataBook (Book coming 1/2004) - (PDF; size=23k) Learn about Kids Count Data from the 2000 census. This year's data book also includes county information on children with disabilities and information on lead poisoning, birth defects, hospitalizations for asthma, and children receiving special education and supplemental security income. For more information, contact Jane Zehnder-Merrell: 800-837-5436.


The Michigan Department of Education keeps basic home school counts, but home schools are not required to report to MDE.

Washington City Group on Disability Statistics - The Washington City Group on Disability Measurement was formed as a result of the United Nations International Seminar on Measurement of Disability that took place in New York in June 2001. An outcome of that meeting was the recognition that statistical and methodological work was needed at an international level in order to facilitate the comparison of data on disability cross-nationally. Consequently, the United Nations Statistical Division authorized the formation of a City Group to address some of the issues identified in the International Seminar and invited the National Center for Health Statistics, the official health statistics agency of the United States, to host the first meeting of the group. The City Group format is one that has been used by the U.N. in numerous other occasions to address various problems in survey measurement and methodology, such as the Rio Group, which focuses on poverty statistics.

MI Disparities at Birth Persist in Urban Areas - Despite improvement since 1990 in Michigan’s largest cities on some measures of a healthy and promising start to life, urban babies in 2001 continued to start life at a greater disadvantage than those born elsewhere in the state, according to the latest analysis released by Kids Count in Michigan.  Read 2003 Kid's Count Data for Michigan's Largest Cities (PDF, 10 pages, size=267k)


MI Schools Struggling to Address Drop out Rate - Michigan schools don't know how many students are dropping out of high school or where they're going when they quit, leaving thousands of teenagers lost in the state system designed to track them.


U.S. Government Accounting Office Report: Dispute Resolution Under IDEA - Special Education: Numbers of Formal Disputes Are Generally Low and States Are Using Mediation and Other Strategies to Resolve Conflicts. "The four states we visited reported that disputes between school districts and families have often centered on fundamental issues of identifying students’ need for special education, the development and implementation of their individualized education programs (IEP), and the educational setting in which they were placed."


The National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths - An in-house Report from the National School Safety Center (NSSC), June 2003.


MI C.E.P.I. Beginning to Work on Final Data Change - The Center for Educational Performance and Information began work Tuesday on the last of its planned changes in school data collection in the state.


Report Released: Youth with Disabilities: A Changing Population - This report details changes in disability classification, demographics, household profiles, services, and outcomes from the first National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) in 1987 to the second begun in 2001. Many positive changes are recorded, but challenges remain such as a significant increase in negative behaviors among youth with emotional disturbances and other health impairments including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


GAO Report on Special Education: Clearer Guidance Would Enhance Implementation of Federal Disciplinary Provisions.  In the 2000-01 school year, more than 91,000 special education students were removed from their educational settings for disciplinary reasons. The GAO (General Accounting Office) was asked to determine where disciplined special education students are placed, the extent to which local school districts continue educational services for those students, and how the U.S. Department of Education provides support and oversight for special education disciplinary placements.  Highlights of the GAO report are available at  The full report is available at (both documents are in PDF format)


The Michigan Census Office has reformatted census data into tables and maps and added an in-depth analysis of population trends for counties making it a better alternative to the Census site for Michigan-specific data:,1607,7-162--66114--,00.html

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