Michigan third-grade reading

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After 3 years of substitute teachers, this Michigan girl may flunk 3rd grade

After 3 years of substitute teachers, this Michigan girl may flunk 3rd grade

December 3, 2019 | Ron French

Sabrina, 8, is caught in the crossfire of two state education crises – the state’s new third-grade “read-or-flunk” law and an explosion in the use of uncertified long-term substitute teachers in state classrooms.

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

November 25, 2019 | Mike Jandernoa

Holding children back so they can achieve future success is not “punitive;” it is proactive.

The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

October 23, 2019 | Ron French

Bridge begins a series following four third-grade classes as they prepare for a test determining who moves on to fourth grade, and who stays behind.

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

September 18, 2019 | Barbara Gottschalk

Reading scores are going down in Michigan despite efforts. Maybe it’s time to redirect that early literacy funding toward reducing class size, says one teacher.

Phil Power | Let’s hope Michigan third-grade reading law focuses priorities

Phil Power | Let’s hope Michigan third-grade reading law focuses priorities

September 6, 2019 | Phil Power

With thousands of children facing the possibility of having to repeat third grade if state reading scores don’t improve, the stress on young students, teachers and parents will be considerable.

Michigan teachers: Flunking won’t help kids read. We have better ideas.

Michigan teachers: Flunking won’t help kids read. We have better ideas.

September 3, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Bridge spoke with 29 Michigan teachers in a Facebook group about the read or flunk law that hits third-graders this year. They’re dubious the law will improve literacy but have plenty of other ideas.

M-STEP shows no progress for Michigan’s struggling third-grade readers

M-STEP shows no progress for Michigan’s struggling third-grade readers

August 29, 2019 | Ron French

With the state’s read-or-flunk law beginning this year, Michigan’s efforts to help young readers appear to be falling flat.

Michigan M-STEP test scores are inching upward. See how your school compares.

Michigan M-STEP test scores are inching upward. See how your school compares.

August 29, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Results from the state’s annual standardized test, given to students in grades 3-8, show faint signs of improvement. See how state students overall performed in the tests given last spring, and look up your own school.

Calling Michigan teachers! How would you improve 3rd-grade reading skills?

Calling Michigan teachers! How would you improve 3rd-grade reading skills?

May 30, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Michigan’s young students continue to struggle with basic reading proficiency. What would Michigan teachers do differently if they were in charge of state education policy?

Michigan is investing heavily in early reading. So far, it’s not working.

Michigan is investing heavily in early reading. So far, it’s not working.

May 21, 2019 | Ron French

Only three intermediate school districts out of 56 in Michigan are showing increases in third-grade reading. A leading educator asks for patience.

Poll: parents don’t know Michigan's 3rd-grade reading law, love A-to-F school grades

Poll: parents don’t know Michigan's 3rd-grade reading law, love A-to-F school grades

May 20, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova

Parents care about improving Michigan schools. But they aren’t hung up on the “controversies” in Lansing’s education circles, according to a new poll.

Will Michigan 3rd- grade reading law hurt poor? Florida’s history says yes

Will Michigan 3rd- grade reading law hurt poor? Florida’s history says yes

May 17, 2019 | Ron French

Students from less advantaged families are more likely to be held back under Florida’s third-grade reading law than white, more affluent kids with the same low reading scores. A similar Michigan law begins this fall.

Six times more third-graders may flunk next year under Michigan reading law

Six times more third-graders may flunk next year under Michigan reading law

May 17, 2019 | Ron French

More than 5,000 students may be flagged to repeat third grade under a new law intended to ensure solid reading skills at a key age. That number sounds high, but it could have been far higher.  

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

August 29, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt

M-STEP results show 1-in-3 third-graders are not proficient in reading. The bad news extends across grades and subjects, impacting white, black and Hispanic students. What should state do now?

M-STEP results trouble for most struggling schools in Detroit, statewide

M-STEP results trouble for most struggling schools in Detroit, statewide

August 29, 2018 | Koby Levin

Detroit schools saw just a small fraction of its students post a passing score in English Language Arts and math. But new leaders say their changes are only now starting to be implemented.

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette says Michigan is ‘last’ in third-grade reading

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette says Michigan is ‘last’ in third-grade reading

June 7, 2018 | Ron French

Few would argue with Schuette’s point that Michigan’s public schools must vastly improve. We’re struggling, but are we the worst?

Opinion | Take a breath: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think

Opinion | Take a breath: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think

June 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler, Sunil Joy

You’ve read the doom-and-gloom stories. But they fail to point out how well many Michigan students are doing.

Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Amber Arellano

Michigan needs to follow the path of leading states, with high-caliber training and support of principals and teachers in literacy instruction.

Which Michigan 3rd-graders will flunk reading? The state has no idea.

Which Michigan 3rd-graders will flunk reading? The state has no idea.

March 13, 2018 | Ron French

A new state law requires third-graders to repeat the grade if they are more than a year behind in reading. But the state test doesn’t yield that information.

See if reading scores are down in your Michigan district

See if reading scores are down in your Michigan district

March 6, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine’s reading tool will show whether your child’s district is suffering third-grade reading declines, a trend that could leave plenty of future third graders to repeat the grade.  

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