Facts

These statistics on Michigan’s public K-12 education system come from the Michigan Department of Education’s MDE Fast Facts 2016-2017.

System Data

1.49

The number of K–12 students in Michigan

56

The number of intermediate school districts in Michigan

900

The number of public school districts, including local education authorities and public school academies, in Michigan

School Financial Data

$12.3

The amount Michigan paid in K–12 state school aid

8001

Average state aid per pupil in Michigan

61875

Reported average salary of Michigan teachers.

23:1

The pupil/teacher ratio in Michigan

Student Outcome Data

46

Michigan’s third-grade reading proficiency

50

Michigan students showing progress in math and reading (grades 3–8)

32

Michigan students proficient in math and reading (grades 3–8)

29

Michigan students proficient on M-STEP (all subjects)

1001

The average SAT total score for Michigan students

80 percent and 9 percent

Michigan’s four-year graduation rate and dropout rate, respectively

1.49 million

The number of K–12 students in Michigan during the 2016-17 school year.

Source: Michigan Department of Education. September 2016. MDE Fast Facts 2016-2017: Statistics for Michigan Schools. Accessed February 7, 2017.
54

The percentage of the state’s third-graders that are not proficient in English Language Arts on the M-STEP.

Source: Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2017
41

Michigan’s national ranking in fourth-grade reading performance.

Source: 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress
48

Where Michigan ranks in fourth-grade reading after our lowest-income students are removed from the data set.

Source: 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress

West Virginia

The only state whose fourth-grade reading achievement has declined more than Michigan’s since 2003

Source: 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress
37

Michigan’s national ranking in eighth-grade math performance.

Source: 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress
23

The percentage of students who are ready for college or a career when they graduate from Michigan’s high schools.

Source: Business Leaders’ Insights: Leading Practices in K–12 Education That Can Improve Student Outcomes in Michigan, 2018

2.7 percent vs. 14.0 percent

The unemployment rate for Michiganders with a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to those without a high school diploma, showing just how much education matters.

Source: The Best Education System for Michigan’s Success A Blueprint for Educating Michigan’s Residents to Build the Best Businesses, Win the Best Jobs, and Achieve the American Dream Prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder Prepared by the 21st Century Education Commission February 28, 2017
99

The percentage of jobs added to our nation’s economy since 2010 that have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education.

93 vs. 46

The percentage of children born in Michigan in the 1940s who earned more than their parents compared to the percentage of children born in the 1980s who did.

Source: The Best Education System for Michigan’s Success A Blueprint for Educating Michigan’s Residents to Build the Best Businesses, Win the Best Jobs, and Achieve the American Dream Prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder Prepared by the 21st Century Education Commission February 28, 2017