Q&A on Education

Q: When looking at data for Michigan students - do you ever tease out info with regard to students who are homeschooled? Has this info ever been looked at with regards to how these students perform? Do you know what percentage of MI students is homeschooled?
A: We do not typically tease out data for homeschooled students, since our work is primarily focused on students who attend public schools. As outlined in this document (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/home_schools_122555_7.pdf) on MDE’s website, homeschool students do not have to participate in any state tests unless they choose to. Because of this, it would be very difficult to tease out homeschooled students’ performance data. It’s difficult to estimate the percentage of students who are homeschooled, since it is optional in Michigan to report that you are homeschooling your child. You do not have to report this information to the state. This estimate determined that a little less than 3% of students in Michigan may be homeschooled (http://a2zhomeschooling.com/thoughts_opinions_home_school/numbers_homesc...).

Q: When looking at student performance do you ever look at high school students who are working to attain a diploma vs. a certificate of attendance?
A: No, we don’t.

Q: The new EAA chancellor is from NYC. Do you have any info on how the NYC model for school improvement might work in MI?
A: Check out Education Reform in New York City: Ambitious Change in the Nation’s Most Complex School System. Edited by Jennifer A. O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, and Louis M. Gomez (Harvard University Press).