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 Article of Interest - No Child Left Behind

Michigan Schools Continue to Improve
Michigan Dept. of Education News Release, April 14, 2003, Contact: T.J. Bucholz, Media Relations Officer, (517) 241-4395
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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 finished.”

“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 performing.”

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.”

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