Thousands of Michigan third graders could have to repeat a grade, new data shows
Roughly 5,650 Michigan third grade students received scores so low in their reading assessment that they could be required to repeat a grade, according to a report from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) released today. This is a full percentage point higher than the percent of tested third-grade students who were one grade level behind in reading in 2021. “Michigan’s schools and students will need increased investments and support to recover academically.”The state’s more marginalized students felt the weight of learning loss when compared to other students, the data shows. Nearly 15% of tested Black third graders in Michigan are eligible for retention, as are 7% of Latino students, 9% of economically disadvantaged students and 11% of students with disabilities. Students who took the 2021 state assessments were more likely to be from districts that offered in-person or hybrid learning.mlive.com
Michigan assessment scores reveal a decline in student learning during pandemic school year
Fifth, eighth and eleventh grade students are required to take ELA, math and additional science and social studies assessments. The Michigan Department of Education, the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), the Michigan Data Hub, the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) at Michigan State University and Michigan Education Data Center (MEDC) at the University of Michigan compiled a report of the benchmark assessment data provided by districts. In the report issued by EPIC, Michigan students appeared to make less progress toward learning goals across all subjects and grades than in a typical pre-pandemic school year. Only 71.2% of third grade students took the grade 3 ELA M-STEP test this year. Strunk said she hopes that districts use the M-STEP scores, along with other benchmark and local assessments of student learning to create individualized plans to accelerate student learning this year.mlive.com
West Michigan educators call for adequate funding, pausing state tests in COVID-19 legislative priorities
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - School superintendents from across West Michigan are calling on state and federal legislators to help them address the multiple issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The superintendents say they need adequate funding and relief from burdensome state and federal laws, including pausing the federally mandated state standardized tests. The West Michigan Talent Triangle, which comprises school leaders serving over 180,000 students in West Michigan, released the priorities Feb. 10. But West Michigan superintendents argue the data collected in the spring would not be considered valid or reliable, according to the news release. West Michigan school leaders said that would send the “wrong signal” to educators after their around-the-clock work this year.mlive.com
DPSCD test scores improve, superintendent says it's not good enough
DETROIT - Results of the Spring 2019 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and Michigan Merit Exam were released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Education. RELATED: 2019 Michigan M-STEP and MME results released: Find scores for your districtHow did the Detroit Public Schools Community District rank? DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said he's happy there's progress, but there's still more to do. The numbers from M-STEP show an improvement in proficiency in English/language arts, a 1.2% increase from 2019. Vitti said the rising numbers are a step in the right direction and attributes the gains to a new curriculum.
2019 Michigan M-STEP and MME results released: Find scores for your district
DETROIT - Results for the Spring 2019 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) were released today by the Michigan Department of Education. Key findings:Third and fourth-grade English language arts scores on the 2019 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) showed modest gains for the second straight year. English language arts (ELA) scores by Michigan sixth-graders also increased, as did math scores for third, fifth, and sixth-grade students. We appreciate the gains made this year in our early grades, said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. Year-to-year comparisons of state assessment results can be problematic, explained Keesler.
2019 Michigan M-STEP and MME results to be released today
DETROIT - Results for the Spring 2019 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) are scheduled to be released today by the Michigan Department of Education. The state is expected to release the scores at 10 a.m.Last year's results showed an increase in some areas, but a concerning decrease in other important areas. It is designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. Check back for the 2019 results. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
M-STEP shows no progress for Michigans struggling third-grade readers
Statewide early literacy efforts havent helped Michigans struggling readers. Thats sobering news for Michigan schools, as well as families with children entering third grade. Beginning this school year, third-graders reading at below second-grade level risk being retained in grade. In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed a third-grade reading law that recommends students be held back if they are more than a year behind in reading. State officials say about 5 percent of third-grade students would be subject to the retention policy.chalkbeat.org
Michigan M-STEP test scores are inching upward. See how your school compares.
Michigan schools may be tapping the brakes on declining test scores. The test measures English language arts, math, social studies and science knowledge in grades 3-8. This year, 11th-graders switched their annual test from M-STEP to PSAT, a national test that is the preliminary test to the SAT. In four out of 12 testing categories in grades 3-8, proficiency rates are higher than five years ago, when the M-STEP was first taken by Michigan students. Seventh-grade English language arts proficiency continued to plummet with the share of seventh-graders deemed proficient falling every year the M-STEP has been given.chalkbeat.org