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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.]


AZ Student Tracking System Has Fans, Foes - After seven years and $12 million, the state has created one giant computer system containing the names and whereabouts of Arizona's 900,000 students.


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.


Child Abuse & Neglect Media Handbook (PDF) - Child Trends has just published this free, handy booklet to help journalists improve their coverage of child abuse and neglect stories. The handbook includes basic facts on child abuse and neglect and foster care, as well as quick references to sources of information that can help journalists develop a deeper understanding of the complex issues related to child welfare. Even though the handbook was originally targeted at journalists, it should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn where to find more information about one of society's most troubling problems.

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.


2001-2002 Public School Data: The National Center for Education Statistics is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 95,000) and school districts (approximately 17,000). The Public School and District locators allow users to retrieve information on public schools and districts. Data include address information and basic information on students, staff, finance and 2000 Census data. Additionally, the "Build a Table" tool enables users to create customized tables of public school data for states, counties, districts and schools using data from multiple years.


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


Comprehensive Michigan county-level data can be found on the Michigan Statistics page at:


NY Students Ousted for Stats? - Thousands of struggling students were discharged by high school administrators more concerned about their own job evaluations than the students' futures, say some public officials and children's advocates.


MI Gongwer 11-20-02 Report to Show Fewer Teen Births, Lower Arrests


MI C.E.P.I. Adds Pupil Count to Website - Visitors to the Center for Educational Performance and Information Web site will now be able to find the pupil headcounts for every school, school district and intermediate district in the state, director Andrew Henry announced Monday.  The information, which was collected by the Department of Education before CEPI's creation, is posted in the Download Data section of its site:


National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) - - Offers information on assessments, accountability policy and practices, national and state data collection programs, and standards-setting for all students, including those with disabilities.


Click here for additional information on Drop Outs.


Anti-Crime Study Boosts After-School Programs


Dropout Rate Is Climbing and Likely to Go Higher - With so much attention paid to test scores, an equally important gauge of school performance has mostly been overlooked. High school dropout rates seem to have jumped.


6 million kids at risk of failing in school - Advocacy group wants more literacy programs for 'dead-end' students.


MI MIRS 9-17-02 CEPI Releases New Data; Parents Corner added


Ed. Dept. Picks Groups to Develop Database of Effective Practices


Letters to the Editor:  Education Week - Virtually all states exclude the achievement of special ed students in state ratings of school performance.


The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) collects and reports data about Michigan's K-12 public schools. Our mission is to become the single source for the most comprehensive, accessible information about the performance of Michigan's public schools and students.

NCD Releases Report on Health Care and People with Disabilities


Schools: Many who failed MCAS quit - Boston school officials announced findings yesterday that a significant number of the students in the Class of 2003 who failed the high-stakes MCAS exam in the spring of 2001 and who did not take the retest in December of 2001 have dropped out of high school.


 MIRS 7/07/02 - Special ed gender gap stirs worry - Some say boys singled out for wrong reasons. Public schools in Massachusetts and nationwide place twice as many boys as girls in special education, a gender gap that extends from the biggest cities to the tiniest suburbs to the tiniest towns, according to a Globe analysis of state and federal data.


Playing the Numbers Game With Dropout Rates - L.A. Weekly examines how fraudulent dropout rates are being reported at some schools in California. According to the authors, the chicanery around dropout rates begins with the state of California itself, which does not conform to widely accepted standards for counting dropouts honestly and accurately. The state gives schools up to a year and a half to locate missing students and then offers any number of loopholes to avoid counting them as dropouts. A federal study used a mathematical model to estimate that California undercounted dropouts in one recent year by more than 70 percent. Ironically, regular student absences are unintentionally solving the problem of chronic classroom overcrowding.


 U.S. Counts One in 12 Children As Disabled - Census Reflects Increase Of Handicapped Youth.


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