School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 82%
The strength of Michigan’s charter school sector stems from the number of strong university authorizers (such as Central Michigan University or Grand Valley State University) who authorize charter schools. These universities have been able to create a dynamic charter school environment with a wide variety of charter schools that serve students in the great lakes state. However, recently the state of Michigan has begun to regulate charter schools more which has stifled some of that development and risks ending the vibrancy of Michigan’s charter sector.
Online Learning Score: 75%
Michigan is home to one of the nation’s largest state virtual schools — Michigan Virtual School — as well as a large district consortium with over 500 participating districts. Michigan was one of the first states in the U.S. to require high school grades to have an “online learning experience.” Michigan passed legislation during 2013 mandating than a district allows any student in grades 5 through 12 to take up to two online courses as accessed off the statewide catalog of courses each semester.
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers D+
Expanding the Pool of Teachers C+
Identifying Effective Teachers B-
Retaining Effective Teachers C+
Exiting Ineffective Teachers C+