Annual Education Report

The AER is designed to meet the federal requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 (also known as NCLB) for an annual report. The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). There is an AER for the state, each LEA, and each school, populated with the appropriate information.  If used as designed, the AER reports and cover letters also meet the state requirement for reporting to parents and communities in an annual education report.

The AER letter templates are available in

LEAs and schools must post and make copies available 15 days before school starts but no sooner than the public release of accountability results. Providing this information at least 15 days before school starts allows parents to make a better choice about which school to select for their child. This information should remain available on the website(s) for one year, until the next year’s report is prepared.


School and District Scorecard

In the summer of 2012, Michigan was approved for flexibility from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The approved flexibility waiver from the United States Department of Education has created a new and exciting method for looking at school accountability in the State of Michigan. Michigan will be implementing a new, rigorous and comprehensive system designed to improve the educational outcomes for all students. The new system will work to close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction in our public districts and schools across the state. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the Michigan Department of Education will release Michigan School Accountability Scorecards as an indicator of school and district compliance, assessment participation and assessment performance requirements.

Click to access the Michigan Department of Education Accountabilty Page

Top to Bottom List

The Top to Bottom list is released each Fall.  The list ranks all schools in Michigan based on Student Achievement factors.

For more information, click here .

Reward Schools

Rewards Schools are identified as being in the top 5% of the Top to Bottom list, are designated at "Beating the Odds" schools, or are in the top 5% of the Improvement metric in the Top to Bottom ranking.

For more information on Reward Schools, click here .  

Priority Schools

Priority Schools were identified as the schools in the lowest 5% of the Top to Bottom list.

More more information on Priority Schools, click here .

Focus Schools

Focus Schools were identified as the schools which had the largest gaps between the top 30% of students and the lowest 30% of students.

For more information on Focus Schools, click here .

MI Excel (Statewide System of Support)

The MI Excel Program works with Title 1 Priority and Focus Schools.

For more information on MI Excel, click here.