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MSU scholars named to Public Presence ranking in education

MSU scholars named to Public Presence ranking in education

Education Week blogger Rick Hess has named four Michigan State University faculty members to the Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, an annual listing of scholars known for making significant contributions to national debates in education. College of Education Dean Donald Heller was ranked No. 76 on the list (up from No. 83 last year). Rebecca Jacobsen,… Read More »

Nathan Report on Academic Emergencies

The findings and recommendations of the House Education Committee Subcommittee on Academic Emergencies, chaired by Representative David Nathan, is available here.

Study supports move toward common math standards

Study supports move toward common math standards

A new study analyzing the previous math standards of each state provides strong support for adoption of common standards, which U.S. students desperately need to keep pace with their counterparts around the globe, a Michigan State University scholar argues. Forty-six states are implementing the Common Core math and reading standards, which nonetheless have come under… Read More »

Emergency manager law poorly designed for school improvement, study finds

Emergency manager law poorly designed for school improvement, study finds

Michigan’s emergency manager law gives individuals sweeping power over financially troubled public school districts. But in a new study Michigan State University researchers say the law does not address student learning and could even hurt academic performance in high-need communities. The Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act grants governor-appointed emergency managers all powers of… Read More »

MSU professors, graduates help develop statewide evaluation system for educators

MSU professors, graduates help develop statewide evaluation system for educators

Michigan passed legislation in 2011 calling for sweeping changes that will make teachers and school administrators more accountable for student outcomes. The group responsible for building a statewide evaluation system for educators, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE), has recommended conducting a pilot program during the 2012-13 school year. Council member Mark Reckase, a… Read More »

Office of K-12 Outreach supports next era in Michigan school reform

In July 2012, the state of Michigan was granted flexibility under the federal Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), often known as No Child Left Behind. State education leaders say the change moves Michigan schools into a new era of rigor, accountability and performance.  The Michigan State University Office of K–12 Outreach has been identified as… Read More »

Americans support local control of schools, research by Jacobsen shows

Americans support local control of schools, research by Jacobsen shows

Despite criticism that local school boards are “dinosaurs” that need to be replaced, Americans support local control of their schools, Michigan State University education scholars argue in a new paper. The public believes that all three levels of government – local, state and federal – should be involved in education policy and that local officials… Read More »

Changes to Michigan teacher certification rules

Changes to Michigan teacher certification rules

All Michigan teachers should be aware of changes that will affect state requirements for renewing their teaching certification, as well as advancing from the Provisional Certificate to the Professional Certificate. All changes become effective Sept. 1, 2013. Under the new administrative rules, teachers no longer have to earn 18 credits in a planned program to… Read More »

Dean Donald Heller shares perspectives on higher education policy

Dean Donald Heller shares perspectives on higher education policy

When it comes to the future of higher education across the U.S., there are no easy answers. That was the message of Michigan State University College of Education Dean Donald Heller, speaking in downtown Lansing April 19 before a group of noted educators and policymakers. “In the years to come, institutions of higher education are… Read More »