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Annual Education Report (AER)

Information on the Annual Education Report

The Annual Education Report (AER) provides detailed information on teacher quality, student assessment and accountability, and other educational information for schools, districts, and the state in one convenient place. The AER report is designed to meet the federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), by helping school districts to easily package the required data elements for annual federal reporting.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-22 AER (based on 2020-21 school year data) excludes the school accountability information typically included in an AER. This is due to Michigan's approved federal waiver of 2020-21 accountability requirements. Related to this, student participation on 2020-21 state assessments was lower than normal due to COVID-19, and caution is advised in using this information to make high-stakes decisions or inferences. For more information about the 2021-22 Annual Education Report, please refer to the following memo

Instructions and Responsibilities

In order to fulfill the state’s requirements for an annual education report, the district and schools will need to add the following components: process for assigning pupils to the school, status of the 3-5 year school improvement plan, brief description of each specialized school, identify how to access copy of core curriculum implementation and variances from state’s model, aggregate student achievement results, parent-teacher conference data, and (for high schools only) number and percent of postsecondary enrollments (dual enrollment), number of college equivalent courses offered, number and percentage of students enrolled in college equivalent courses (AP/IB), and the number and percent of students receiving a score leading to college credit. For reference to the state requirements of the AER codified in law, please visit the link below.

AER Navigation and Running your AER Report

  • The ease of navigating through this report allows users to access information quickly. The AER allows you to generate a PDF
    by choosing your location, running the report, and going to the Download/Print button to export the file.

Linking Reports to District and School Web Pages

  • The reports can be easily linked to a local school or district web page, can be printed and distributed with a cover letter to fulfill all annual education report requirements of ESSA.

Authorized Access for Cover Letters

  • The AER requires authorization for access to the template cover letters. If you do not have a username and password and would like to access the template cover letters, please contact your local ISD/RESA Curriculum or Technical Contact.

Sections of the Annual Education Report

Educator Qualifications

  • Identifies teacher qualifications to requirements. Here you can find how many teachers in a school, district or across the state possess specific qualifications.

Student Assessment 

  • Presents assessment information for English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8 and 11, and science for grades 4, 7 and 11, compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students. The report helps users understand achievement progress within grades and schools, and to make comparisons to the district, state and national achievement benchmarks.

Accountability (Waived for the 2021-22 AER except for Graduation and Attendance Rates)

  • Uses information from assessments, graduation and attendance rates, and school quality measures, to determine if the school is meeting accountability targets. Here you can identify how well your school is serving the overall academic needs of students. More information about school accountability is available on the MDE Accountability page.

NAEP (The National Center for Education Statistics postponed 2021 NAEP assessments to 2022)

  • NAEP administers a state level assessment in Mathematic and Reading every two years. The most current results are from 2019.

Sec. 1003 School Improvement Funds

  • Identifies schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement (CSI), targeted support and improvement (TSI) or additional targeted support (ATS) plans. Here you will find a list of all schools that received section 1003 school improvement funds, including the amount of funds each school received and the types of strategies implemented in each school with such funds. Under Section 1003 of the Every Student Succeeds Act, districts with schools identified for school improvement, corrective action and restructuring under Section 1116 of Title I, Part A may be awarded supplemental funds to support efforts and initiatives aimed at raising student academic achievement.