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4:36 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

ACT loses appeal over Michigan’s decision to switch to SAT

The state has rejected ACT’s claim that Michigan unfairly switched its free college entrance exam to the SAT starting in spring 2016.

ACT protested two aspects of the bidding process. It said the state changed the timeline of the proposed contract and penalized ACT for having a writing portion. It says both of those things unfairly benefitted SAT.

State officials say they reviewed those concerns carefully.

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Michigan Education
4:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

ACT exam fights Michigan’s decision to switch to SAT

The ACT is appealing Michigan’s decision to switch its eleventh grade standardized test to the SAT.

The state gives high school juniors a free college entrance exam as part of their state assessment.

The ACT claims the state’s bidding process unfairly favored the SAT. For example, it said ACT lost points because it includes a writing portion.

State officials say they made an extra effort to make sure the bidding process was fair.

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Stateside
5:51 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Governor Snyder appoints new Detroit Public Schools emergency manager

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 8:38 am

Governor Snyder has chosen Darnell Earley, Flint's current emergency manager, to replace Jack Martin as Detroit Public School's emergency manager.

Chastity Pratt Dawsey, who covers education issues for Bridge Magazine, talked to us about what this means for DPS.

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Michigan Education
5:41 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

From Foster Care To Freshman Year

When Jasmine Uqdah aged out of the foster care system in 2008, she didn't have a job, a checking account or a car. She did have a college acceptance letter — but no money to pay for schooling.
Joshua Lott for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:39 am

By the time she aged out of foster care, Jasmine Uqdah had spent nearly half her life in the system. On a summer day in 2008, Uqdah grabbed her duffel bag and two small garbage bags, and she stuffed everything she owned inside.

It wasn't much — just some clothes and a few stuffed animals. She said her goodbyes to her foster family in Detroit and moved out. She was 18 years old.

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Michigan Education
3:11 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Teacher evaluation overhaul could be top legislative priority in 2015

Credit Linda Stephan

State lawmakers have some unfinished business left over from 2014 – including legislation that would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan.

Both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders said it was a priority before the end of 2014. But they ran out of time to work out a final deal during the “lame duck” session.

The proposal would create a statewide system for evaluating teachers and administrators based on in-class observation and student growth on standardized tests. It would also require more professional development for educators.

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