State officials are moving forward with their plans to identify the schools to be placed under control of the state’s Education Achievement Authority for the 2012-13 school year.
The schools, which are expected to be announced in March, will include only schools in the Detroit Public Schools system for upcoming school year, according to the Michigan Department of Education. The Educational Achievement System is then expected expand to include more schools in other districts in the years to come.
The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) identifies schools to be placed in the Educational Achievement System — a newly created school district announced by Gov. Rick Snyder in June, 2011 — that will take over the lowest performing 5 percent of Michigan’s schools. It is governed by an 11-member Educational Achievement Authority Board, with members appointed by the Detroit Public Schools, Eastern Michigan University and the governor.
The list of lowest performing Michigan schools, which was released in August, did not name any schools in Charlevoix or Emmet counties. Statewide, 98 schools were classified as “persistently low achieving.”
Detroit Public Schools had the most schools on the list with 38.
Schools that come into the Educational Achievement System must come up with a school improvement plan, and those schools are expected to have a couple years to show improvement before further action is taken. They will then remain in the system until they show marked progress for their students, at which time they can choose to stay or return to their original school system.
Changes to schools in the system include the elimination of letter grades, and the school year will be lengthened from 180 days to 210 days, among others.
There are currently more than 66,000 Michigan students enrolled in low-performing schools. The schools were identified by a formula that includes proficiency rates in math and reading, along with graduation rates.
To learn more about the Educational Achievement Authority, and to see a list of lowest performing schools, visit the Michigan Department of Education’s website at www.michigan.gov/mde.