There are significant holes in how Michigan’s interventions fit together for schools needing support.


The plan lacks guidance on the use of evidence-based interventions and support, and there is no evidence provided demonstrating that state-designed efforts have had success in the past. The state does not involve itself directly in helping to improve those schools that are identified for comprehensive and targeted support (and, per above, the state has not identified how those schools would be identified).


Finally, the state provides no explanation for how it will use its 7 percent of federal funds dedicated for school-improvement activities.


New Mexico


New Mexico clearly states what action must be taken in schools that fail to improve three years after being initially identified for comprehensive support and improvement. Schools must choose between a concrete list of intervention options or the state department will choose one for it. New Mexico is committed to providing additional funding to plans that use the strongest base of evidence and to providing “Direct Student Services” to support expanded learning time, AP course access, K-3 literacy and mathematics, pre-k services, personalized learning, and student transportation.


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