Michigan’s education plan closer to approval by feds

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Michigan’s proposed state education plan moved a step closer Wednesday to implementation after a phone call between the Michigan Department of Education and officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability and special help for struggling schools. Michigan submitted its plan in April and it is under review by the feds.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said Michigan’s education plan will have less student testing; focus on student academic growth; institute a partnership model for improving low-performing schools and have a school accountability system tied to the Top 10 in 10 strategies. It also gives schools more flexibility on how they choose to improve and greater ownership in how they follow their own plans.

Based on the Wednesday phone call, Whiston said the federal education department will finalize its feedback letter, outlining parts of the Michigan plan that need more detail. Whiston was told by federal officials that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will make her determination based on the state’s compliance with federal requirements.

“We were told that the secretary’s determination will be based on compliance with the letter of the law only, and no subjective judgments on what is in the plan,” Whiston said. “This is in line with what Secretary DeVos promised about giving more flexibility and control back to the states on what they think is best for their state.”

Whiston said in addition to the technical amendments to the plan, more work will be required by state education officials to show how the state’s Transparency Dashboard will be designed and used to identify the state’s most struggling schools.

“We will get that done and back to (the U.S. Department of Education) so we can get the secretary’s determination by the end of August,” Whiston said.

In April, both Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley criticized aspects of the plan. Calley asked federal officials to return the plan to Michigan to refine metrics for special education students. Snyder said he did not support one of the three accountability system proposed because it did not include letter grades for schools.

In May, state education officials were required to submit additional information on the plan to the U.S. Department of Education, which deemed eight parts to be incomplete.

In June, an independent peer review of Michigan’s education plan found it lacks the clarity and detail necessary to give the state the opportunity to improve outcomes in the classroom.

The review was a joint project between Bellwether Education Partners, an educational consultant in Washington, D.C., and the Collaborative for Student Success, a nonprofit.

Michigan’s K-12 plan lacked fundamental information in all of the nine categories evaluated, said Jim Cowen, executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success.

The state received its highest score — 3 out of 5 — in the standards and assessments category. The review says in this category, Michigan’s plan is based on strong standards as adopted by the state, “though it does not provide much information” about the alignment of its new assessments with the state’s standards and college and career readiness.

The project used the expertise of more than 30 bipartisan state and national experts to capture the strengths and weaknesses of each state’s plan. The review said Michigan can improve in other areas including goals, academic progress, supporting schools and selecting an accountability system.

According to reviewers, Michigan’s plan has proposed three accountability systems: An A-F rating system that combines measures into one overall rating for each school, an A-F rating system that reports component grades of each of six measures but does not compile those into one overall grade; or a “dashboard” that reports raw data but does not attempt to rate schools on any of the components or overall.

“Michigan states that all three of these options would include subgroup data, but only the first option would meet ESSA’s requirements that states identify schools with low subgroup performance as in need of additional support,” the review said.


Euro 2016: Stalemate Edges Germany, Poland closer to spherical of sixteen

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Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak (L) and Germany defender Jerome Boateng react as Polish forwardArkadiusz Milik lies on the floor in the course of their Euro 2016 institution C in shape at Stade de France on Thursday night.

Paris: vintage competitors Germany and Poland fought a struggle of attrition that ended in a goalless draw and edged each international locations closer to an area in the ultimate 16 of Euro 2016 on Thursday.
The stalemate left Germany on top of organization C on aim distinction with both facets on 4 factors fromtwo fits.
Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik had the high-quality risk while he bundled the ball huge from pointclean rangeearly inside the secondhalf of.
Germany’s Jerome Boateng complained that his aspect were “too rigid“, however agreed that a drawbecome a fair result from a tightly contested come upon.
“We may be happy with the nil-nil,” Boateng stated, however he criticised his facet‘s loss of attacking punch.
“We failed to take the game to our fighters, we were not risky sufficient and we ought to enhance that or we may not get a long way,” he instructed ZDF.
we’ve got now got to ensure we win the ultimate organization recreation so that we undergo asorganization winners.”
Their warring parties could be Northern eire, whose 2-0 win over Ukraine earlier Thursday leaves Michael O’Neill’s men only a factor behind the leaders in advance of the final organization game in Paris on Tuesday.
Poland take on Ukraine in Marseille in their final pool match with a draw sufficient to seal their locationwithin the knockout levels.
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Poland had simplest crushed Germany once in 20 previous meetings, however that got here in qualifying for Euro 2016 and the Poles have been complete of self assurance having received their first evereuropean Championship finals in shape against Northern ireland on Sunday.
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Germany have been playing on the Stade de France for the primary time due to the fact they have beenstuck up inside the November 13 militant attacks in Paris.
Die Mannschaft were pressured to spend a disturbing night in the dressing rooms at France’s country wide stadium when a chain of jihadist assaults throughout Paris left 130 useless on a night theyconfronted the French in a friendly.
however, the emotional return did no longer seem to have an effect on Joachim Loew’s side. They madeby using a long way the better start as Mario Goetze headed simply over from Julian Draxler’s move,whilst Toni Kroos additionally failed to hit the goal as he burst into the box.
At the other quit, Poland’s celebrity guy Robert Lewandowski become stored in close take a look at with the aid of Bayern Munich teammates Boateng and the returning Mats Hummels — gambling in his first gamefor a month because of a calf injury.
a drab cease to the primary1/2 changed into speedy forgotten by way of a quick begin to the secondperiod.
The hordes of Polish supporters watched in amazement whilst on 48 minutes Milik — scorer of the simplestpurpose against Northern eireone way or the other failed to turn domestic Kamil Grosicki’s risky crossfrom slightly a metre out.
Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski became no longer pressured into a keep inside the first-1/2 as he deputised for the injured Wojciech Szczesny.
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however, the Swansea metropolis stopper turned into in the end called into action as Goetze fireddirectly at him when nicelypositioned within the place.
Milik drove a properlyworked loose-kick just extensive before Boateng produced a striking closing-ditchundertaking to disclaim Lewandowski as Poland began to look the more threatening.
Ajax striker Milik fluffed his traces once more while he did not make a clean touch when picked out againby using Grosicki within the field.
but, Fabianski then produced a lovely prevent to show Mesut Ozil’s fierce strike from the edge of thecontainer over the bar.
Loew introduced forwards Andre Schuerrle and Mario Gomez to deliver greater of a reducing edge to Germany’s attacking play in the final sector.
however a lacklustre German display not often gave the impression of reaping all three points as theyhad to accept a point.