The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan - Getting Results!
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is a new public system of schools whose mission is to fundamentally improve public education in Michigan.
Education Achievement Authority schools are creative, innovative learning environments that provide students a quality education. They offer struggling students the opportunity to catch up to their peers around the state and receive the education they need to succeed in college or a career after high school. The system opened in September 2012 with 15 of Detroit’s lowest-achieving schools, which were identified by the Michigan Department of Education as schools with the greatest need.
And it’s working! Test results from the spring of 2013 show:
- 64% of students across all 12 schools that are directly run by the Education Achievement Authority achieved a year or more’s growth in reading, and 58% achieved 1.5 year’s growth or more
- 68% of students across the 12 direct run schools achieved a year or more’s growth in math with 59% achieving 1.5 year’s growth or more
- In more than 80% of the schools, special education students outperformed their regular student counterparts in both reading and math
And, in a city-wide comparison of growth by Excellent Schools Detroit in the annual School Report Cards for 2013, across 124 elementary and middle schools ALL six of the EAA direct-run schools ranked in the top 20 schools with three of the six ranking in the top six
EAA teachers tailor their instruction to the needs of each individual student. Students are tested to determine their individual level of educational achievement and then a program is designed for each student to help them achieve their maximum potential based on their academic progress, interests and needs. The system enables each student to proceed at his or her own pace.
In the Education Achievement Authority classroom, students are divided into small focused learning groups and each student has his or her own computer. The digital learning model gives students, teachers and parents the ability to track progress on an ongoing basis and provides teachers high quality, personalized data so they can better help their students succeed and spend less time on paperwork. Students assume responsibility for their own learning and progress at their own rate.
Once a student has mastered the content of a particular subject, he or she does not have to wait to begin a new school year to progress to the next academic level. For example, if a student can complete their course work in a particular subject in six months, rather than the traditional nine-month school calendar, they immediately advance to the next level of coursework. On the other hand, if it takes a student 10 months to finish a course, they are not penalized.
In addition to the individualized attention, Education Achievement Authority schools have a 7.5 hour school day and 210 school days per year, which means nearly 1,600 hours of instruction annually (Michigan requires just 1,098 hours). These instructional hours put our students on par with countries such as Japan, China and Singapore, enabling them to achieve on a level with their international competitors.
“Students have responded enthusiastically to the new blended, student-centered approach to education,” said EAA Chancellor Dr. John Wm. Covington. “They are showing they want to learn and can learn given the right environment. They are closing the educational gap.”