The agreement, which impacts 98,700 children and is anticipated to cover all Detroit schools this fall, calls for all Detroit schools to reach minimum achievement or growth standards consistent with a common definition of college readiness and grade level proficiency
The authorizers and direct operators of public schools in the City of Detroit educating 98,700 students agreed today, May 30, 2012, to an unprecedented common citywide definition of school quality for the city’s school children and to use the same assessment tools to determine student and school progress toward the shared goal.
It is anticipated that all Detroit schools starting this fall will be expected to reach minimum achievement or growth standards consistent with a common definition of college readiness and grade level proficiency.
Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy S. Roberts; Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington; and Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers Chairman Lawrence Wells signed the historic agreement at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, whose themes are Innovation, Collaboration, and 21st Century Global Market.
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The agreement states: “We believe every school should provide a high quality education – regardless of whether that school is a public charter, traditional Detroit Public School, in the Education Achievement Authority, or an independent or private school. Parents, families, and community members deserve the best information both to choose the right schools for their children and to engage in those schools to improve them.”
The school leaders agreed:
- All schools should be held accountable for academically preparing students for success in college, work and life, and demonstrating improved academic achievement for all groups of students.
- All schools should adopt a common approach for measuring the academic growth and achievement of their students. Specifically, all schools should measure student performance using a growth-to-achievement standard assessment beginning in Fall 2012.
- All schools will annually strive to prepare students to meet grade level achievement targets or achievement standards consistent with a common definition of college readiness and grade level proficiency.
The agreement runs minimally through 2014.
All Detroit schools serving students in grades 2-8 will annually administer one of the following web-based, computer adaptive tests during a common fall and spring testing window:
- Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA); or
- Scantron Performance Series® by Global Scholar
All schools serving Detroit students in grades 8-12 will annually administer the Explore® test in grades 8 and 9, the Plan® test in grade 10, and the ACT® test in grades 11 and 12 during a common testing window.