New school data ‘dashboard’ one of five financial best practices

MI School Data, a new education information website, was launched this week to provide information on K-12 schools and school districts across the state. The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), along with the Michigan Department of Education and intermediate school districts, created www.mischooldata.org .

By typing in any school district or school building name, staff and parents  can view state assessments, the Annual Education Report reflecting Adequate Yearly Progress, student counts, School Report Cards and other school and district level measurements—such as “value for money” and school district deficits. MI School Data will be updated in Sept. with information on graduation rates, college enrollment, ACT results, and principal effectiveness measures.

The new education information website is also one of the five “financial best practices” Gov. Snyder established as an incentive for districts to earn an additional $100 per pupil in state aid. Local school districts and public school academies must meet four out of the five practices in order to qualify. The other best practices are:

  • Charge employees at least 10 percent of their health care premium.
  • Become policyholder of medical benefits plans.
  • Develop and implement a Service Consolidation Plan.
  • Bid out non-instructional services.

While supporters of the new website praise it for providing better access to information and transparency when it comes to education in Michigan, it has the potential for more attacks on public education and school employees who are already being blamed for low test scores and bankrupting school districts.