Frequently Asked Questions
How can I become a pilot district?
We are currently taking applications for Pilot Districts. Pilots will be completed in two phases:
- 'Alpha pilot' (10-12 districts) will be selected statewide for the fall of 2018
- 'Beta pilot' (40-50 districts) will be selected for mid-year implementation in the 2018-2019 school year
Successful MiRead pilots will really be leveraging partnership with our ISDs. ISD Michigan Education Technology Leaders (METL) and General Education Leadership Network (GELN) representatives have gotten additional information regarding MiRead including information on the pilot process. They are a great contact for any district to get more information on this and other emerging solutions powered by the MiDataHub.
How do I get data into MiRead?
MiRead is built on the MiDataHub ecosystem and depends on integrations of the district student information and early literacy assessment systems to operate.
How much does MiRead Cost?
Future costs for the use of MiRead are projected at 50 cents per student per year, based on district total FTE from the prior year official fall count.
Pilot districts will not be charged for use of the system during the pilot year and will receive a 50% discount in the first year of full implementation based on their participation and support in the piloting process.
Do I get data for new students when they change districts?
Yes, a foundation of MiRead and part of the use agreement will include continued access to student literacy data and plans.
As students change districts, their data will be maintained and available to their new district as soon as individual students are enrolled in the local SIS and that data is populated into MiDataHub.
Who has access to MiRead?
Any local public district, public school academy, or ISD in Michigan is eligible to use the system.
In time, the system could be opened up for non-public schools to use at a nominal additional fee.
Who owns MiRead?
MiRead is a system created by Michigan schools for Michigan schools as a public school resource.
Actual ownership of MiRead is still being worked out. The likely structure at this time will be to transfer long-term ownership to the Michigan Collaboration Hub (MiCH), which is a collaborative body that works closely with all of Michigan's public school associations, the Department of Education, and in partnership with MAISA.
Ongoing expenses for MiRead are expected to be offset by a small per student fee or membership. Examples of expenses are online server hosting, Internet connection, help desk, and development. Estimates are currently in the 50 cents per student per year range for districts to access and use the system.
How was MiRead created?
MiRead was created as a collaborative project lead by a diverse group of organizations and educators from across Michigan.
This includes significant investment and contributions from:
- The Michigan DataHub ($100,000 plus significant staffing in-kind)
- The Michigan Collaboration Hub ($100,000, plus significant staffing in-kind)
- The Ottawa Area ISD and it's software development team.
- The Ingham ISD and it's software development team.
- The Michigan DataHub Actionable Data Advisory providing guidance, direction, and expertise.
- The Michigan Literacy Data Workgroup - providing guidance, direction, and expertise.
Others consulted and/or providing support on the project include:
- The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA)
- The Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA)
- The General Education Leadership Network (GELN)
- Michigan's Educational Technology Leaders (METL)
- The ISD ELA Leadership Network
- Michigan's Early Literacy Taskforce
- The Michigan Department of Education
- And many others.
Atomic Object, a private software design firm based in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids was contracted to provide design and workflow support on the project.
The guidance and insights of all of these groups and many more have proven invaluable in creating a positive user experience and driving the focus of the tool toward student literacy for all students. This project could not exist without the unique contributions of each and every one of those groups and individuals and our many thanks go out to all of them.