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Education Policy Innovation Collaborative - EPIC
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) contracts with the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) to conduct research and determine the overall effectiveness of the partnership district model. EPIC's research activities include an annual survey of principals and teachers in partnership districts; a quantitative analysis of student and staff outcomes using state administrative data; qualitative data collection through district and school personnel interviews (and other stakeholders as applicable); observations of partnership meetings and in partnership schools; and reviews district and school documents and materials related to school improvement planning and implementation.
- Survey Requirements
Partnership districts are required to have a minimum participation rate of 50% for schools identified with in the partnership agreement and a 30% participation rate for schools not identified in the agreement. Partnership districts are required to participate in EPIC's qualitative data collection efforts if asked to do so by the EPIC research team.
- Michigan Data Hub Requirements
Provide permission for the appropriate benchmark assessment vendor (i.e., NWEA, Curriculum Associates, Renaissance Learning, or
Data Recognition Corporation) to transfer student-level benchmark assessment data from the fall and spring of each year to the Michigan Data Hub for EPIC’s research of the partnership district model. FERPA shall be followed as required by law.
- Annual Reports