The Michigan Context - High School Attainment and College Enrollment Across the State

October 2012
Susan Dynarski, Brian Jacob, Kenneth Frank, Barbara Schneider

In order to understand the educational landscape in which the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) was enacted, we examine the attainment trajectory of high school students in Michigan. These findings will provide a baseline against which we can interpret any impacts of the MMC. We use state administrative data describing students who began high school in the academic years 2004-2005 through 2007-2008.

We thank the following researchers for their outstanding contributions to these analyses: Monica Bhatt, Quentin Brummet, Paul Burkander, Hassan Enayati, Monica Hernandez, Jonathan Hershaff, Emily House, Joshua Hyman, Tamara Linkow, Elizabeth Quin, Nathaniel Schwartz, and Christopher Zbrozek.

We thank our partners at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and Michigan’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) for providing the data used in these analyses: Thomas Howell, Venessa Keesler, and Joseph Martineau. We are also grateful to these data analysts for answering numerous questions and providing outstanding assistance: Trina Anderson, Rod Bernosky, Melissa Bisson, Laurie Campbell, Oren Christmas, Karen Conroy, Mike House, Carol Jones, and Mike McGroarty.

Finally, we thank Christina Mazuca and Julie Monteiro de Castro for excellent project management.