Introduction

The state's grade is based on six factors: state academic standards, charter schools, homeschool regulation burden, private school choice, teacher quality, and digital learning. Because the Education and Workforce Task Force at ALEC focuses the most on private school choice and charter schools, those factors were given double weight in the calculation over overall rank and grade. The weighted grades were converted into a GPA average and an individual rank.


Budget Buster icon

Michigan is a Budget Buster

States that made large increases in spending and actually went backwards in academic performance assessments were awarded a “Budget Buster” award.

Report Card Ranking

Current

Overall Grade   B- (2.67)
Overall Ranking   7th
State Academic Standards   B+
Charter Schools   A
Homeschool Regulation Burden   A
Private School Choice Programs   --
Teacher Quality & Policies   C+
Digital Learning:   C

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
ALEC Overall Grade   B- B- B- C+ B- B- B-
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 7th
State Academic Standards   D D- A- D- B B B+
Charter Schools   B B A A A A A
Homeschool Regulation Burden   A A A A A A A
Private School Choice   -- -- F F F F --
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D- C+ B- B- B- C+
Digital Learning   -- -- C C- C C C

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   40th
Math (4th Grade)   236
Math (8th Grade)   278
Reading (4th Grade)   216
Reading (8th Grade)   264

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015
Performance Rank   49th 46th 40th 40th
Math (4th Grade)   236 236 237 236
Math (8th Grade)   278 280 280 278
Reading (4th Grade)   218 219 217 216
Reading (8th Grade)   262 265 266 264

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $10,172
% From Federal Funding 9%
% From State Funding 58%
% From Local Funding 34%

Historical Data

2013 2015
Per-pupil Spending $10,948 $10,172
% From Federal Spending --% 8.9%
% From State Spending --% 57.5%
% From Local Spending --% 57.5%

Demographics & Achievement

Graduation Rate 77%
Average Class Size 17.8
2015
State Population 0
Per Capita Income $--
School-aged Children 0
Graduation Rate 77%
Average Class Size 17.8

Compare Michigan to Another State

View two states side-by-side to compare their education policies and achievements.
Featured Publication:

Report Card on American Education: 21st Edition

The status quo is not working. Whether by international comparisons, state and national proficiency measures, civic literacy rates, or career preparedness, American students are falling behind. The 21st edition of the Report Card on American Education ranks states on their K-12 education and policy performance.

Learn More