Academic achievement is one of the cornerstones of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Through the approved Flexibility Waiver for the ESEA, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has identified two types of schools that are not attaining expected student achievement goals: Priority Schools and Focus Schools. Priority Schools are those schools whose ranking on MDE’s Top to Bottom list is in the bottom 5% of all schools in the state. Focus Schools are those schools whose achievement gap between the highest performing 30% of students and the lowest achieving 30% of students is among the 10% highest in the state. The districts with Title I Priority and Focus schools as well as the Title I Priority Schools receive support services from MDE through its partner Intermediate School Districts and Education Service Agencies to build capacity in order to increase student achievement and decrease achievement gaps.
MI Excel Statewide System of Support
Focus Schools - Focus Schools consist of the ten percent of schools on the Top-to-Bottom list with the largest achievement gaps between its top 30 percent of students and its bottom 30 percent, based on average scale score.
The MI Excel Program works with Title I Priority and Focus Schools.
MI Excel Program Contacts
MI Excel Office Telephone
MDE Approved MI Excel Content Coaches
- Coaching 101 Graduates
- MSU Coaches Registry:Search for available Content Coaches and current openings for Content Coaches
Instructional Learning Cycle Process (3.0)
MI Excel Regional Assistance Grants: ISD/School Service Plans
For a sample of MI Excel Regional Assistance Grant ISD/School Service Plans, contact Karen Ruple
2015-2016 MI Excel Regional Assistance Grants End of Year Reports
- MI Excel End of Year Report for 2015-16 Years Two, Three, and Four Title I Priority Schools (coming soon)
Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG)
ESEA Flexibility, the SIG, and Michigan Statute (Public Act 204 of 2009) have had a significant impact on funding, services, and supports delivered to MI Excel Schools through the Statewide System of Support. All three initiatives are require the annual creation of the Top to Bottom List. Priority Schools on that list have the option to apply for a SIG. If awarded this grant, the Title I Priority school no longer receives direct support through MI Excel and the Statewide System of Support. Instead, the school follows an approved SIG plan which may include purchasing MI Excel supports using its SIG funds.Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG)
2015-16 Grants Supporting MI Excel Schools
MI Excel Schools receive services and funding to support their school improvement programs and initiatives. The Title I Regional Assistance Grants (RAG) are awarded to Intermediate School Districts with Title I Priority Schools under their jurisdiction.
MI Excel Partners
- AdvancED Michigan
- Calhoun Intermediate School District: Blueprint for Turnaround and School Support Teams
Legislation and Guidance
- The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)
- Michigan's Approved ESEA Flexibility Request
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
- LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Michigan Revised School Code - School Improvement Plans
- MDE Guidance on Federal Grants