21 New School Districts to Build Partnership Agreements

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.

Next Steps

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