LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be entering into discussions with 21 new school districts to develop Partnership Agreements with the goal of improving achievement levels at these struggling schools in Michigan.
“These will be positive, yet pressing, conversations with the leaders of these districts to get their struggling schools back on track,” Whiston said. “We want to provide as many local and state-level partners as possible to help students in these schools be successful.”
This is the third group of districts to be offered Partnership Agreements, with the goal of improving achievement levels at their struggling schools.
Whiston said that the work being done in the current Partnership Districts has laid the foundation for stronger schools, stronger educators, and greater success by the students – helping Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.
“It’s been encouraging to watch districts making progress,” Whiston said. “What we’ve seen in the first Partnership Districts exhibits the positive opportunity to work together under the leadership of the local superintendent and the local board of education toward improving student achievement and outcomes.”
As a result of improving academic achievement, MDE is removing 33 schools from the list of identified Priority Schools from previous years. Through the diligent work of the educators and students in those schools, test scores have improved and will be expected to continue on their positive trends.
“Schools are identifying the needs of their teachers and students, developing strategies to address those needs, and showing progress,” Whiston said. “The focus on improvement and plans being implemented through our Top 10 in 10 work are beginning to show positive results. They need more time to build from here.”
The 21 new Partnership Districts were identified for Partnership District discussions based on having Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools identified in their districts. Under the state’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), struggling schools are identified as either Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools; Targeted Support and Improvement Schools (TSI); or Additional Targeted Support (ATS) schools.
Approved by the U.S. Department of Education on November 28, 2017, this is the first time these identifications have been made, using Michigan’s ESSA School Accountability system.
State Superintendent Brian Whiston will be arranging initial Partnership District meetings with the following traditional school districts and Public School Academies (PSA):
Baldwin Community Schools
Detroit Delta Prep Academy for Social Justice (PSA) – Detroit
Detroit Leadership Academy (PSA) – Detroit
Detroit Public Safety Academy (PSA) – Detroit
Ecorse Public Schools
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy (PSA) – Lansing
Flint School District
Frederick Douglass International Academy (PSA) – Oak Park
GEE Edmonson Academy (PSA) – Detroit
Genesee STEM Academy (PSA) – Flint
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Great Lakes Academy (PSA) – Pontiac
Joy Preparatory Academy (PSA) – Detroit
Insight School of Michigan (PSA) – Lansing
Macomb Montessori Academy (PSA) – Warren
Muskegon Public Schools
Pathways Academy (PSA) – Detroit
Saginaw Preparatory Academy (PSA) – Saginaw
Sarah J. Webber Media Arts Academy (PSA) – Pontiac
Southwest Detroit Community School (PSA) – Detroit
William C. Abney Academy Elementary (PSA) – Grand Rapids
Whiston said this is a positive opportunity to work together under the leadership of the local superintendent and the local board of education to improve student achievement and outcomes, with an explicit and detailed understanding between all partners.
Currently, there are 16 Partnership Districts in Michigan. Two of those districts will have additional schools added to their Partnership Agreements, based on the same criteria as the schools in the 21 new districts. Detroit Public Schools Community District will be adding 15 schools to its current Partnership Agreement; and River Rouge School District will be adding one school.
Under a Partnership Agreement, each local district remains in total control of its schools with support from MDE and partners, Whiston said. Each agreement includes 18- and 36-month accountability timelines when they will be evaluated on the progress toward their goals.
“This has been a remarkable experience with the current Partnership Districts, and helping them start implementing their improvement strategies,” Whiston said. “We look forward to working with the 21 new districts to help them build their Partnership Agreements.”
MDE will be providing resources for the districts to utilize in identifying their needs and developing a plan to improve. These include: needs assessment tools, evidence?based practices, draft Partnership Agreement, lists of potential partners and contact information.
Under a Partnership Agreement, the local district remains in total control of its schools with support from MDE and partners. The districts have 90 days to reach an agreement. If no agreement is reached, the next level of accountability would be implemented.
With multiple partners – including local board members, the intermediate school district, education organizations, business, community members, parents, higher education organizations, foundations – committing to be actively engaged, work will ensue to identify a plan of supports and interventions that will improve student outcomes.
Academic outcomes are a primary focus, and other whole child outcomes that can impede improved academics like health, nutrition, behavior, social/emotional issues also will be addressed.
The Michigan Department of Education works intensely with the Partnership Districts, with each district having been assigned a liaison from MDE. This person is responsible for supporting the district in implementation of its agreement; helping resolve problems and breaking down barriers; facilitating discussions and meetings; and ensuring that the Partnership District receives maximum support for success from MDE, as well as from the partners and other state agencies.
This Partnership Model puts a broad spectrum of technical expertise and resources in the hands of the school district and allows local districts to use community and state-level support systems to drive improvement and self-accountability. The ultimate benefit would be to regenerate a struggling school to be one that helps students and teachers achieve at higher levels.
New Partnership Districts
|District Name||Building Name||Identification|
|Baldwin Community Schools||Baldwin Junior High School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice||Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Detroit Leadership Academy||Detroit Leadership Academy Middle/High||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Detroit Public Safety Academy||Detroit Public Safety Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Ecorse Public Schools||Ecorse Community High School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy||El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Flint, School District of the City of||Accelerated Learning Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Holmes STEM Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Northwestern High School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Potter School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Frederick Douglass International Academy||Frederick Douglass International Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|GEE Edmonson Academy||GEE Edmonson Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Genesee STEM Academy||Genesee STEM Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Grand Rapids Public Schools||Alger Middle School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Great Lakes Academy||Great Lakes Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Insight School of Michigan||Insight School of Michigan||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Joy Preparatory Academy||Joy Preparatory Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Macomb Montessori Academy||Macomb Montessori Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Muskegon, Public Schools of the City of||Muskegon Community Education Center||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Pathways Academy||Pathways Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Saginaw Preparatory Academy||Saginaw Preparatory Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Sarah J. Webber Media Arts Academy||Sarah J. Webber Media Arts Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Southwest Detroit Community School||Southwest Detroit Community School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|William C. Abney Academy||William C. Abney Academy Elementary||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
Current Partnership Districts Adding Schools
|District Name||Building Name||Identification|
|Detroit Public Schools Community District||A. Philip Randolph Technical High School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Brenda Scott Academy for Theatre Arts||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Brown, Ronald Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Carleton Elementary School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Douglass Academy for Young Men||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Eastside Detroit Lions Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Fisher Magnet Lower Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Gardner Elementary School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Garvey Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Mark Twain Elementary-Middle School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Nichols Elementary-Middle School||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Osborn College Preparatory Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|Robeson Academy, Malcolm X Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
|River Rouge, School District of the City of||CB Sabbath 6-8 Preparatory Academy||Comprehensive Support and Intervention|
Schools Exiting Priority School Status
|District Name||Building Name||Cohort|
|Academy of Warren||Academy of Warren||2015|
|Battle Creek Public Schools||Verona Elementary School||2012|
|Beecher Community School District||Beecher High School||2010|
|Benton Harbor Charter School Academy||Benton Harbor Charter School Academy||2015|
|Bradford Academy||Bradford Academy||2016|
|Crescent Academy||Crescent Academy Middle School||2016|
|Detroit Community Schools||Detroit Community Schools – High School||2016|
|Detroit Public Schools Community District||Bagley Elementary School||2015|
|Carver Elementary-Middle School||2016|
|Detroit City West Side Academy for Leadership Development||2011|
|Edison Elementary School||2015|
|Escuela Avancemos||Escuela Avancemos||2016|
|Flint, School District of the City of||Southwestern Classical Academy||2014|
|George Washington Carver Academy||George Washington Carver Elementary School||2016|
|George Washington Carver Academy||George Washington Carver Middle School||2016|
|Grand Rapids Public Schools||Burton Elementary School||2015|
|Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary||2014|
|Hazel Park, School District of the City of||Invest Roosevelt Alternative High School||2015|
|L’Anse Creuse Public Schools||DiAnne M. Pellerin Center||2016|
|Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts||Marvin L. Winans Academy – Elementary||2014|
|Multicultural Academy||Multicultural Academy||2015|
|Muskegon, Public Schools of the City of||Nelson Elementary School||2014|
|Oak Park, School District of the City of||Oak Park Preparatory Academy||2015|
|Plymouth Educational Center Charter School||Plymouth Educational Center||2016|
|Port Huron Area School District||Cleveland Elementary School||2015|
|Redford Union Schools, District No. 1||Beech Elementary||2014|
|Saginaw, School District of the City of||Arthur Hill High School||2014|
|Southgate Community School District||Asher School||2015|
|Taylor School District||Myers Elementary School||2015|
|Timbuktu Academy||Timbuktu Academy||2016|
|Van Dyke Public Schools||Lincoln Elementary School||2014|
|Westwood Heights Schools||Hamady Middle School||2015|
|Ypsilanti Community Schools||Ypsilanti Community Middle School||2014|