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Bridges4Kids LogoUnderstanding Michigan’s District Report Cards
Michigan Department of Education, Public Agenda, Michigan Association of Intermediate School Districts
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·     This is the first time school districts as a whole have received report cards. 

·     Similar to individual schools, the district report card is based on:

o    Minimum size of 30 students in each subgroup for the district, in the grades tested, using the same rules as applied to individual schools

o    Overall student achievement in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) over the entire district

·     For a district to make AYP, it would have to meet the following targets.  These targets hold true for each subgroup of 30 or more students identified by No Child Left Behind.  They are:  Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Hispanic or Latino; Caucasian or White;  Multiracial; Limited English Proficient; Students with Disabilities; and Economically Disadvantaged.

o       Achievement: 

§    AYP status is determined in English Language Arts and Math for all elementary schools in a district as if they were a single school

§    AYP status is determined in English Language Arts and Math for all middle schools in a district as if they were a single school

§    AYP status is determined in English Language Arts and Math for all high schools in a district as if they were a single school

§    If the district makes AYP at 2 of the 3 steps above, it made AYP

o    Participation:  Included in the elementary, middle, and high school AYP calculations already (i.e. 95% of the students at the elementary level must participate be tested).

o    Attendance:  Minimum of 85% average attendance in all elementary and middle schools combined

o    Graduation Rate:  Minimum of 80% high school graduation

o    Every building within a school district may make AYP, but the district may not make AYP.  When considered as single buildings, the student number in a subgroup may not be large enough to be part of the AYP calculation.  When compiled from multiple buildings the subgroups may meet or exceed 30 students and will then be part of the AYP calculation for the entire group of elementary, middle school, or high school buildings.

o    There are 130 ways districts may not make AYP


·    Districts that do not make AYP for two consecutive years

o    Must develop a district improvement plan in consultation with parents, school staff, and any outside expert who is providing assistance.

o    Must implement the improvement plan by the beginning of the school year following the year the district was identified.

o    Must spend at least 10 percent of its Title I allocation each year on professional development that directly addresses the achievement problems that caused it to be identified.

o    May request assistance in developing and implementing its improvement plan from the Michigan Department of Education, which must provide or arrange this assistance before it takes any corrective action with respect to the district.

·    Districts that do not make AYP for four consecutive years, will be subject to at least one of the following actions by the Michigan Department of Education:

o       Withhold program funds or reduce administrative funds.

o    Implement a new research-based curriculum and provide appropriate professional development to for all relevant staff.

o    Replace the district staff who are relevant to the failure to make AYP.

o    Remove particular schools from the district’s jurisdiction and make other arrangements to govern and supervise these schools.

o    Appoint a receiver or trustee to administer the district in place of the superintendent and school board.

o    Abolish or restructure the district.

o    Authorize students in the district to transfer to a higher-performing school in another district and provide or pay for transportation with Title I funds from the district subject to corrective action.  If the Department chooses this action, it must also take at least one of the other six actions.



·     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 will receive an 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).  Sanctions include placing technical assistance in schools do not meet AYP.


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