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Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) began working with schools in 2004 to improve student literacy and behavior within elementary and middle/junior high schools. The June FOCUS on Results takes a personal look at the impact of MiBLSi on the Krause Early Elementary in Armada Township and provides a description of the MiBLSi model and its objectives.
From the article:
Soon after implementation, the benefits of the program proved to be invaluable. Eight years later, the efficacy of the program is clear: from lackluster scores at the beginning, Krause’s reading performance data (DIBELS) has risen to among the highest in the nation and its Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores rank well above the rest in Macomb County. Behavior problems are almost nonexistent, and Krause Early Elementary is a safe and happy place with an atmosphere of camaraderie and pride.
These positive results are typical for schools involved in the MiBLSi program and account for the dramatic growth of the initiative over the past eight years. By 2011, participation increased to more than 620 schools across 45 of Michigan’s 57 intermediate school districts (ISDs).