ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WLNS) — – Michigan State University is teaming up with the University of Michigan in an effort led by the state to launch a new research collaboration and a data center.
The new Michigan Education Research Institute and Michigan Education Data Center will provide research projects in education as well as make data accessible and improve education for Michigan's students.
"Becoming a top 10 education state in 10 years takes a knowledge of what is happening in our schools now, learning what has proven successful and using that to develop better practices for all our educators and students," said interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles.
An advisory council of key stakeholders representing education leaders and policymakers from the state, region and nationally will oversee MERI.
"While ensuring privacy and confidentiality of students' data, we will be able to learn what works and what doesn't so our educators can provide the best education for Michigan's students," said University of Michigan professor Susan Dynarski.
The collaboration among MSU, U-M and the state of Michigan gives policy leaders a chance to collaborate with top national experts in policy analysis, educator preparation and school organization.