Michigan’s State Reform Office is developing a plan to deal with schools who are rankded in the bottom 5% in our state by closing them and improving those ranked above them. The first of many trials is that there are 100 Michigan schools that fall in this category. That is a “big” problem!
Using data from two different tests in a restructuring year is problematic at best. Add to it that no school district wants to be told how to run their district. I think Natasha Baker (Executive Director of the MI State Reform Office) is taking on a major issue.
And the issue of failing schools needs to be addressed and quickly. I hope the SRO will work with the local school districts to address failing and closing schools. Teamwork is the only way we can get through solving this problem. What do you think? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read Lori Higgins’ Detroit Free Press article on this subject: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/08/16/michigan-to-take-aggressive-action-close-failing.html