Column: Follow models to better education

Friday, 10 November 2017, 10:19:30 AM. 3 Detroit schools are working with a national initiative to boost achievement with tough academic courses, Randazzo says
Creating immediate and long-lasting improvements in Michigan schools requires that everyone from policymakers to community members recognize four core needs and work together to address them simultaneously. The needs are easy to innumerate: Schools must be student- and achievement-centered; teachers must have access to results-oriented training, year-round mentoring and classroom-ready materials; students must have classroom and lab equipment and sufficient time-on-task; students must see how their course work connects to the local workforce and they need to interact with local professionals to whom they can relate. Meeting these needs isn’t insurmountable or cost prohibitive. Just look at Cass Technical and Renaissance high schools here in Detroit. Cass, Renaissance and now Western International are among nearly 350 schools working with the National Math and Science Initiative this year to increase access and achievement in high-quality, rigorous math, science and English courses. After one year in NMSI’s College Readiness Program, African-American students at Cass had Michigan’s highest number of qualifying scores among their peers on Advanced Placement exams in math, science and English. Renaissance students had the second highest total in that group. Combined, the schools increased qualifying scores by 36 percent compared to an 11 percent increase for African American students across Michigan. Qualifying scores on AP exams illustrate mastery of college-level skills and...Read more
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