Published Online: January 3, 2006

Michigan's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 3,869
Public school teachers 97,014
Pre-K-12 students 1,757,604
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $15.7 billion
Minority students 27.3%
Children in poverty 18%
Students with disabilities 13.9%
English-language learners 3.5%

Summary of Grades

Michigan scores below average in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state’s best showing is in standards and accountability. It does particularly well on indicators related to assessment and school accountability. Michigan has assessments aligned to state standards in the four core subject areas at every grade span, with the exception of social studies tests for elementary students.

Michigan ranks near the bottom of the nation for efforts to improve teacher quality. The state does not finance professional development or mentoring for new teachers. It also lacks a number of measures related to holding schools and teacher-preparation programs accountable for teacher quality. For example, its school report cards do not include any of the teacher-qualification data tracked in Quality Counts.

Michigan’s below-average school climate grade can be attributed, in part, to weak policies related to student engagement, school safety, and school facilities. However, the state fares well in the area of choice and autonomy, where its charter school law has received the highest possible rating from the Center for Education Reform.

Michigan again falls below the national average in the area of resource equity. Its score on the wealth-neutrality measure, for example, signals that wealthier districts in the state tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do poorer districts.

State Policy Report Card
Michigan Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability B B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality D C+
School climate C- C+
Resource equity C- C
Overall Grade C C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 31.67 40
Assessment 26.02 30
School accountability 27 30
85 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 24.06 35
Teacher assessment 19.5 30
Professional support and training 12.2 20
Accountability for teacher quality 9 15
65 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 9.33 15
School safety 14.08 20
Parent involvement 10.95 15
Choice and autonomy 17.5 20
Class size 8.03 10
School size 7.5 10
School facilities 5 10
72 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 24 33.3
McLoone Index 21.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 25 33.3
71 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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