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27
OCT
2014

Join Twitter chat on education data & student success

(October 23, 2014) The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is exploring how quality education data and public reporting can support student achievement in a Twitter town hall chat on Tuesday, Oct 28, at 8 p.m. Join the conversation with #Data4Decisions.
14
AUG
2014

School scorecards and rankings updated

(August 13, 2014) The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) assesses schools each year based on a range of criteria. The following three reports have been updated with progress and rankings for the 2013-14 school year: Accountability Scorecard shows federally required school and dist
29
JUL
2014

Protecting student data

(July 29, 2014) We all know that to improve student outcomes we have to have data. And those who understand the power of a longitudinal data system know mere counts aren’t meaningful data. For any value at all, you need to know the paths a student follows through the educational syste
18
JUL
2014

New financial reports launched

(July 18, 2014) Financial data about Michigan schools have been published on the CEPI website for many years, but now the reports are available in MI School Data, with a slick new interface and graphic displays. Whether you’re a parent or taxpayer who wants a high-level view, or an ad
14
JUL
2014

New report on America’s young adults

(July 11, 2014)  The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014. It’s an interesting snapshot of the health, education, and well-being of America’s young adults. Some of the findings in the report: In 2013, 84 perc
10
JUL
2014

Most STEM college grads not working in STEM field

(July 10, 2014) The U.S. Census Bureau reported this month that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are not employed in STEM occupations. Data gathered in its 2012 American Community Survey shows males continue to b
09
JUL
2014

Retained in Grade, Nonresident, ACT and MME reports updated

(July 9, 2014) These four reports have been refreshed with the most recent year’s data. Districts have had the opportunity to preview the data before release to the public. Notice the new and better way Retained in Grade data is presented, to account for kindergartens and high schools
30
JUN
2014

Students Not Tested data posted

(June 30, 2014) The Students Not Tested spreadsheet provides summary information on students who were expected to participate in a state standardized assessment, but did not. For purposes of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations and federal reporting, records are kept for studen
14
JUN
2014

College degrees and gender

(June 14, 2014) Randy Olson, a PhD candidate in Michigan State University’s Computer Science program, wondered about gender disparities in STEM majors. Using data gathered from 1970 through 2012, he plotted a few interesting charts. If you’re curious about changing trends in his
23
MAY
2014

“It was sort of magical the way it all came together.”

(May 23, 2014) Washtenaw Intermediate School District held special MI School Data training sessions for the general public. Naomi Norman, WISD’s executive director of achievement initiatives, hosted the sessions. Here she tells of surprising and gratifying outcomes that go way beyond