A New Vision for Education in Michigan

Posted by Rich Homberg on

Not long ago, Massachusetts was a post-industrial state struggling to reinvent itself, including its mediocre public education system.  Today, Massachusetts students are among the world’s highest learners – even compared to Asia and Europe.


Farther south, Tennessee was a low-performing education state for years. Their leaders decided enough was enough – and got a lot smarter about their statewide leadership and strategies. Today, Tennessee is America’s fastest improving state for early literacy levels, thanks to its coherent strategies focused on making sure all of its educators are teaching students at career – and college-ready levels.


Join the Education Trust Midwest and Detroit Public Television this morning starting at 10am to find out how these states have made so much progress:


Some of the topics discussed today, include:  

Let’s make Michigan a top ten education state.

  • The shared goal of the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education is to develop Michigan into a Top Ten education performing state over the next ten years.
  • The Education Trust-Midwest launched the Michigan Achieves campaign earlier this year with the same ambitious vision, and a roadmap for making Michigan a top ten education state.
  • The first step starts with what we know is essential for success in life and school: making sure all Michigan children read well by third grade.


We can learn from leading states.

  • We don’t need to experiment in Michigan: we’ve seen what works in other states, and will learn more about two of those states in today’s program.
  • In Massachusetts, more than 20 years of concerted efforts have led that state to achievement levels on par with leading countries around the world. In large part, the progress was led by a coalition including the K-12 community, business groups, and educational advocacy groups statewide.
  • In 2003, Tennessee ranked lower than Michigan for fourth-grade math. Ten years later, Tennessee now outranks Michigan. Indeed, in recent years, Tennessee posted some of the largest gains on the national assessment. It didn’t happen overnight, but through strong leadership, a strategic focus on teaching quality, and sustained investment.


We need to work together.

  • To achieve our goal of making Michigan a top ten education state, we’re going to have to enlist wide public support, represented by the diverse sectors reflected in this group today.
  • We’re going to need to support our hard-working teachers and administrators on the front lines.
  • We’re going to need non-partisan, research-based organizations like the Education Trust-Midwest.
  • We’re going to need to come together to align our goals and work together to achieve them.


Don’t miss this important conversation about the future of education in Michigan.


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