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EDU-524 School Improvement
Transcript of EDU-524 School Improvement
Japan was outperforming American car companies and the need to
change the American educational system to “catch up” was evident.
Americans arrived at the understanding that their economy had shifted from an unskilled to a skilled labor force.
The Goals for 2000: Educate America Act was a national call for school improvement. President George H. Bush called for a national commitment to improving education at a governor’s conference in the 1980s.
1990 Michigan Public Act 25 (a school improvement law) created a list of 25 criteria that each school had to meet; required that every school publish a written report to the community once a year; and mandated that schools have a school improvement committee. With the 1990 law, the state had created a process by which schools could show improvement, but left open the alternative for districts to use the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools as an alternative accreditation process. If NCA said the school was making adequate progress, the state accepted this. Most schools in Michigan in the 1990s went the NCA route. 1994 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test changed from a basic skills to a proficiency test, testing Reading, Writing, Math, and Science.(Social Studies was added in 1998.) Public Act 335 and Public Act 339 created Michigan Accreditation Program (MAP) that made accreditation dependent on the level of MEAP scores. 1996 Michigan Curriculum Framework (MCF) was published (a revision of the old Outcomes Project). 1999 Michigan entry-level standards for teachers were created. An MCF for colleges and universities was created to ensure that new teachers are ready to teach using the MCF standards. 2003 Federal legislation created the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that stated a set of criteria by which to evaluate schools. Those schools that do not pass are listed as non-approved. A list comes out each year with those that passed and those that failed. 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Saving and Creating Jobs and Reforming Education - Creating a "Race to the Top" The MDE established the Office of School Improvement (OSI) to promote student learning and achievement by providing statewide leadership, guidance and support over a wide range of programs that directly impact teaching and learning, school leadership and continous school improvement, Education YES!