Category: Accountability

Parents Should Know Thier Childrens Schools Are Closing: So why didn’t they?

The large sign on the school read “Now Enrolling” but how are you enrolling new students and the school is closing? Parents didn’t know! No one told them! How long did the schools know? Who is responsible for telling them? And, when should they know? Accountability is needed NOW in All of Detroit Schools! Read all about it here as…

Update on MI Education Transparency and Annual Assessments from Edtrust Midwest

By Brian Gutman MDE Chooses Expediency Over Transparency In late March, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent a revised state education plan to Governor Rick Snyder for his review and signature. Once signed, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and will direct state education efforts in key areas for the foreseeable future. Unlike other…

Think States Won’t Retreat on School Accountability? Think Again.

BY Lane Wright Just a few hours after the country’s chief education official put out guidelines saying states no longer have to give each school a single, overall score for performance (aka a summative rating), Michigan announced it’s dropping its plan for an A-F school grading system. Instead they plan to use a dashboard–a display of high-level information kind of…

Is the Phoenix Legacy No More?

By Imani Harris Let me start this article by saying that in no way do I agree with rating students on test scores. We are more than that, and our test scores do NOT represent our intelligence. There is a better way, and one day we’ll find it. Still though, as a Renaissance student, dropping from the 98th percentile to…

Detroit Families Deserve to Know How Our Kids’ Schools Are Doing

Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released its draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind. I can say that state Superintendent Brian Whiston assembled a diverse group of organizations to participate in a working group tasked with giving MDE their ideas and recommendations on what should or…