FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tri-County Alliance applauds MDE’s parent dashboard
New online portal provides parents and guardians a useful tool to monitor school performance
LANSING – The Tri-County Alliance today applauded a new parent dashboard recently unveiled by the Michigan Department of Education. The portal will provide parents, guardians and other stakeholders a window into the performance of K-12 schools across Michigan.
“We applaud the Michigan Department of Education and Superintendent Brian Whiston for heeding the advice of front-line educators and parents and implementing this new dashboard, which will improve transparency and give parents and guardians a meaningful way to gauge school and student performance,” said Dr. George Heitsch, TCA Executive Board President and Superintendent of Farmington Public Schools. “The important data available through this dashboard will give parents and guardians a thorough overview of how schools are preparing our children for college and successful careers.”
The dashboard is being rolled out in three phases. The first batch of data available to parents and guardians includes:
- State assessment performance and progress
- Graduation rate
- Advanced coursework
- On-track attendance
- English Learner progress
- Assessment participation
The dashboard is viewable on computers and mobile devices.
“This portal is a meaningful step away from labeling schools, and instead provides parents and guardians with the tools necessary to assess school performance using quantifiable data,” said Dr. David Richards, TCA Executive Board Vice President and Superintendent of Fraser Public Schools. “As school leaders in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, we applaud the MDE for embracing technology to increase access for parents, families and the school community.”
The dashboard is accessible at: mischooldata.org/ParentDashboard.
The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating nearly 600,000 students (approximately 40 percent of the statewide K-12 population).