In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Audit: Poor-performing Michigan schools need help

LANSING, MI –

An audit says that Michigan education officials are more successful helping low-income elementary and middle schools improve their academic performance than high
schools.

A Michigan auditor general report released Friday examines so-called "high priority" schools that have failed to meet academic standards at least two consecutive years under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

States are required to have support systems for high priority schools that are low-income and qualify for federal Title I money.

A greater percentage of Michigan's high priority Title I elementary and middle schools improved their academic performance compared to schools that didn't get the extra assistance in three recent school years.

But that's not the case for high schools.