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New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

By Amy Auletto Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new regulations that will require teacher preparation programs to be more transparent about their effectiveness across a number of measures. According to the ED, these regulations seek to improve outcomes for teacher preparation programs while still affording states the flexibility to determine specifically… Read More »

Changes in Michigan’s High School Equivalency Testing Landscape

Changes in Michigan’s High School Equivalency Testing Landscape

By David Casalaspi   Changes are coming to Michigan’s high school equivalency landscape. Last week, Governor Snyder signed a law removing references to the GED[1] in state law and replacing them with the phrase “high school equivalency test and certification.” Previously, only a GED was recognized by the state as being equal to a high… Read More »

States Dodge Common Core Test Results

States Dodge Common Core Test Results

By Jason Burns A criticism of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was that it encouraged a “race to the bottom.” Though it set a lofty goal of 100% proficiency by 2013, it allowed states to design their own assessments and set their own standards for determining proficiency. As a result, states had an… Read More »

Opt Out Movement’s Influence on Decisions in Education Marketplace

Opt Out Movement’s Influence on Decisions in Education Marketplace

By Rachel White As states adopt new standardized assessments that align with newly adopted college- and career-ready standards (e.g., Common Core and state-supplemented iterations thereof), parents are refusing to let their children partake in the test. At one high school in Seattle, Washington, not a single 11th grade student showed up to take the SBAC… Read More »

The Middle Ground in NCLB Renewal

The Middle Ground in NCLB Renewal

By Jason Burns No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was scheduled to be reauthorized in 2007, but has been stalled by political gridlock each time a bill to do so was introduced in Congress. The main points of contention in renewing NCLB have been the system of testing and the structure of accountability. Both of these elements became… Read More »

Opt-Out, Race To The Top, and Title I—They are Connected

Opt-Out, Race To The Top, and Title I—They are Connected

By Stefanie Marshall What do an eighth grader being suspended and hundreds of students walking out of class have in common? The answer is standardized testing in K-12 public schools. As the school year progresses, most states have either administered a Common Core aligned standardized test, or are gearing up for it. Recently, there have… Read More »

NCLB Reauthorization Unlikely to Change System of Testing

NCLB Reauthorization Unlikely to Change System of Testing

By Jason Burns Previous Green & Write posts have examined the implications of a NCLB reauthorization on teacher evaluations, the Common Core State Standards, and the impact of a reauthorization on state policy. This post considers the potential impact of NCLB reauthorization on the current system of testing. Recent proposals to reauthorize the federal No… Read More »

Less Federal Involvement Unlikely to Lead to Drastic State Change

Less Federal Involvement Unlikely to Lead to Drastic State Change

By Rachel White While many policymakers agree that there are elements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act that need to be fixed, reauthorization of the law has moved as slow traffic on the Capital Beltway during rush hour. One of the main sticking points in the reauthorization stalemate is the appropriate amount of… Read More »

M-STEP: Michigan’s New Assessment System

M-STEP: Michigan’s New Assessment System

By Jason Burns On November 13, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced a new statewide assessment system, called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. M-STEP was developed in response to state legislation in June of this year that required MDE to abandon its plan to use assessments developed by the Smarted… Read More »

What’s In A Grade?

What’s In A Grade?

11/8/2014 Soon, report cards from the first quarter will be sent to the homes of K-12 children across Michigan as well as most of the rest of the country. The main features of these reports are the typical A-F (or A-E in some cases) grades for each course but often, little thought is given to… Read More »