Student test scores statewide stabilized after a few years of declines but the 2019 M-STEP, PSAT and SAT exams still show troubling trends for Michigan’s students.
The achievement gap between black and white students and the poor and not poor remain huge, averaging more than 30 percentage points. For instance, just over half of white students were proficient in math and English language arts in 2018 and again in 2019, yet 20 percent of black students were.
That pattern continues over almost every grade and subject over the last five years.
In the state’s wealthiest districts, the scores are the highest: East Grand Rapids, with very few poor students, had the highest scores, on average. And Benton Harbor, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has threatened to close, had some of the highest poverty and the worst scores.
Note: When releasing the data, the state suppresses some results to ensure anonymity. When a school has fewer than 5 percent of students passing a test, it will report the number as “<5 percent.” Asterisks indicate not enough students took a particular test.
The state also changed how it administered English and math to eighth-graders: For the first time they took the PSAT test and those results cannot be compared to previous results from the M-STEP.
All numbers are percent proficient or percent meeting standards
Use these numbers to compare to other schools. Districts with higher poverty rates, noted in the database, typically have lower scores.