Michigan spent $80 million to improve early reading. Scores went down.

May 2019: Michigan is investing heavily in early reading. So far, it’s not working.

Once a week, Amanda Price volunteers in a first-grade classroom in Lakeshore Elementary in Holland. “They’re doing great,” said the former Republican legislator of the kids she works with.

But when Price, who chaired the House Education Committee until she retired in 2016, looks at tests revealing the reading skills of Michigan children in schools across the state, “I just want to cry.

“I cry when I see these lives being wasted,” Price said. “I don’t think the average parent knows where we are with literacy.”

Opinion: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think
Related: See how third-graders in your school district are doing 

The reading skills of Michigan’s third-graders are declining, according to the state’s standardized test, M-STEP. The first year M-STEP was given, in the 2014-15 school year, 50 percent of third-graders were proficient in English language arts. The following year, 46 percent of third graders were proficient. By 2016-17, the rate was 44 percent.

That’s despite almost $80 million being spent by the state on early reading efforts during those years, and a looming deadline two years from now, when third-graders who are one year or more behind in reading skills will be retained in that grade, under a state law passed in 2016.  Early literacy funds are given to school districts and intermediate school districts to pay for early reading efforts ranging from reading specialists to new curriculum to smaller class sizes in early grades.

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Database: Check out your Michigan school and district M-STEP scores
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“We are in a furious crisis, and we can’t keep doing things the way we’ve done for decades,” said Amber Arellano, president of Education Trust-Midwest, a Michigan-based nonprofit education reform group.

In a report released today, Education Trust-Midwest sounds the alarm about Michigan’s flailing K-12 system, focusing on the state’s inability to improve third-grade reading skills while most other states are making progress.

Arellano commentary: Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

Researchers and educators say that how well a child reads in third grade is a key indicator of future academic success. Michigan, and many other states, have focused efforts on improving early reading skills.

Despite that focus, third-grade English language arts scores have dropped from 2014-15 to 2016-17 across the board:

  • White students: 58 percent to 52 percent.
  • Black students: 23 percent to 19 percent.
  • Hispanic students: 37 percent to 32 percent.
  • Economically disadvantaged: 35 percent to 29 percent.
  • Non-economically disadvantaged: 66 percent to 60 percent.

Bill DiSessa, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education, said the department believes there are no structural changes to the test that would account for the drop in reading scores.

MDE has “identified no exact cause” for the decline, DiSessa said in an email to Bridge.

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DiSessa said English language arts scores are stagnant or dropping across the country, but data to back up the department’s claim is mixed at best.

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the only national test that allows cross-state comparisons across all states, does not test third-graders. But it does test fourth-graders in reading. Michigan is one of only five states with declines in fourth-grade reading from 2003 to 2015. In that span, the state’s rank in fourth-grade reading plummeted from 28th to 41st.

According to the Education Trust-Midwest report, among 11 states that give tests similar to M-STEP to students, five suffered declines in third-grade reading between 2014-15 and 2016-17. But Michigan had triple the size of decline of any other state. The other six states showed improvements.

‘Doesn’t make sense’

A low third-grade reading proficiency rate in the first year of the M-STEP, in 2014-15, wasn’t unexpected, Arellano said. “Traditionally, proficiency rates fall immediately” when a new test is put into the classroom, “because the tests are harder, and then they go up.”

But Michigan proficiency rates continuing to drop in years two and three of the test “doesn’t make sense,” Arellano said. “That is completely counter to trends of other states.”

That trend is particularly alarming in Michigan because, two school years from now, third-graders who are a year or more behind in reading skills will flunk.

Related: Scores in one West Michigan school district typify state’s malaise

Last year, about one in every 150 third-graders in Michigan were held back. It’s unclear how many will be retained under the new law because cutoff scores haven’t been set and there are retention exemptions. But almost one in three students in 2016-17 had readings scores deemed “not proficient,” the lowest of four scoring categories.

If those numbers hold, that would mean 31,655 third-graders in danger of flunking third grade two years from now. .

Price was the sponsor of that bill, which passed in October 2016.

“My hope is that kids are never held back,” Price told Bridge. “You have kindergarten, first, second and third grades to get kids to read. In my mind, we ought to be at 95 percent proficiency.”

But we aren’t.

More money, better strategies

“Even if we don’t decline any more, we’re talking about most kids of color being retained,” said Arellano. “It’s a good thing that the Legislature made early literacy this huge priority. And I see the urgency, I see teachers trying to do this well. But poor implementation and weak strategies doesn’t move the ball. It just creates great anxiety.”

“The need to get all children reading at grade level by third grade is urgent,” MDE’s DiSessa said. After three years of funding, “Michigan schools are in the early stages of using the state funds to develop reading intervention programs.”

But what those programs look like, and if there are funds to implement those programs, is an open question.

The General Education Leadership Network, a consortium of Michigan education leaders and researchers, published a report, “From Lagging to Leading,” that lays out a strategy for improving early literacy.

“We have a three-year plan,” said William Miller, executive director of Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. Miller is s heading up early literacy efforts for the General Education Leadership Network. “(But) what we’re spending is not enough.”

Michigan has spent about $80 million total in the past three years on early literacy. It sounds like a lot of money, but, divided among the state’s third-grade classrooms, it isn’t enough to make a difference, Miller said.

Florida, for example, has had a law that flunks third-graders who are below grade-level in reading. But that state spends three-times more per student on reading intervention help than Michigan.

In 2003, the first year of third-grade reading retention, Florida held back one in seven third-graders; that rate has been cut in half since then.

Related: “In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback”

This school year, Michigan school districts received $210 for every enrolled first-grader to be used for early literacy, no matter their need.  For example,Okemos, where 68 percent of third-graders were deemed proficient in 2016-17, received the same per-student allotment of early reading intervention dollars as Detroit Public Schools where just one-in-10 students were proficient.

Dollars given to intermediate school districts, which oversee individual school districts typically on a countywide basis, are often not enough  to make a difference. In Oakland Intermediate School District, early literacy money this year was able to fund just three part-time reading specialists to spread around 28 school districts and more than 20 charters.

“We know what it takes, but we don’t have the resources,” said Michelle Farah, literacy consultant for Oakland ISD. “And we’re one of the best resourced ISDs in the state. Can you imagine what an ISD in the U.P. (is doing)?”

“We’re in a crisis in early literacy,” Miller said. I don’t care what you want to do with career prep (for older students), if you don’t get this right, it’s not going to work.”

Reading scores fall

Reading proficiency scores have gone down in almost every district in the state and among all demographies -- poor, not poor, black, white. To see your district, type in its name in the search box. You can also search by county name as well.

District
County

Students
Percent proficient
2014-152015-162016-17
Alcona
Alcona County
5235.231.637
AuTrain-Onota
Alger County
 25 33.3
Munising
Alger County
4561.542.933.3
Superior Central
Alger County
156068.837.5
Allegan
Allegan County
16949.255.644
Fennville
Allegan County
9428.428.119.3
Hamilton
Allegan County
19672.961.360.4
Hopkins
Allegan County
12761.552.762.9
Innocademy Allegan Campus
Allegan County
 252025
Martin
Allegan County
43606370
Otsego
Allegan County
1786662.470
Plainwell
Allegan County
19467.462.356.3
Saugatuck
Allegan County
5780.669.576.9
Wayland Union
Allegan County
22352.356.153.4
Alpena
Alpena County
2505938.143.1
Bingham Arts Academy
Alpena County
 50  
Alba
Antrim County
 16.730.8 
Bellaire
Antrim County
2169.625.970
Central Lake
Antrim County
 42.138.125
Elk Rapids
Antrim County
8178.259.156.1
Ellsworth
Antrim County
1366.760.968.4
Mancelona
Antrim County
694036.725
Arenac Eastern
Arenac County
 42.946.775
Au Gres-Sims
Arenac County
365043.560
Standish-Sterling
Arenac County
111485956.9
Baraga
Baraga County
 39.413.831.3
L'Anse
Baraga County
4336.626.744.7
Delton-Kellogg
Barry County
8349.43828.6
Hastings
Barry County
16873.566.748.4
Thornapple Kellogg
Barry County
21070.463.956.4
Bangor Twp (Bay)
Bay County
16142.752.638.1
Bay City Academy
Bay County
4934.431.835.9
Bay City
Bay County
59341.940.237.7
Essexville-Hampton
Bay County
10558.57552.3
Pinconning
Bay County
9449.55043.3
State Street Academy
Bay County
 52.241.727.3
Benzie Co. Central
Benzie County
11738.935.839.5
Frankfort-Elberta
Benzie County
3176.552.966.7
Benton Harbor
Berrien County
 8.26.1 
Benton Harbor Charter School Academy
Berrien County
 18.68.9 
Berrien Springs
Berrien County
12750.445.542.5
Brandywine
Berrien County
9844.32732.3
Bridgman
Berrien County
6564.350.743.8
Buchanan
Berrien County
11346.138.637.2
Coloma
Berrien County
9739.84943.4
Countryside Academy
Berrien County
494232.720.8
Eau Claire
Berrien County
6247.738.939.7
Hagar Twp #6
Berrien County
 3041.740
Lakeshore (Berrien)
Berrien County
18969.364.860.2
Mildred C. Wells Preparatory Academy
Berrien County
 9.1  
New Buffalo
Berrien County
4653.734.153.3
Niles
Berrien County
26357.85038.3
River Valley
Berrien County
4474.540.455.6
Sodus Twp #5
Berrien County
 33.360 
St. Joseph
Berrien County
19872.563.756.3
Watervliet
Berrien County
9552.637.541.1
Bronson
Branch County
7935.651.941
Coldwater
Branch County
19143.947.439.3
Pansophia Academy
Branch County
 31.75.96.1
Quincy
Branch County
9241.339.453.2
Union City
Branch County
7446.840.532.8
Albion
Calhoun County
 30.820 
Arbor Academy
Calhoun County
3451.442.336.8
Athens
Calhoun County
446162.857.4
Battle Creek Montessori Academy
Calhoun County
 38.53026.7
Battle Creek
Calhoun County
36025.92013.4
Endeavor Charter Academy
Calhoun County
6950.733.323.4
Harper Creek
Calhoun County
17959.452.848.9
Homer
Calhoun County
8960.229.638.2
Lakeview (Calhoun)
Calhoun County
2775442.535.4
Mar Lee
Calhoun County
3070.662.548.3
Marshall Academy
Calhoun County
2064.344.845.2
Marshall
Calhoun County
17869.456.747
Pennfield
Calhoun County
15242.744.842.2
Tekonsha
Calhoun County
 41.234.831.6
Cassopolis
Cass County
643837.738.8
Dowagiac Union
Cass County
17031.625.919.2
Edwardsburg
Cass County
19962.158.769.1
Marcellus
Cass County
4470.645.555.6
Beaver Island
Charlevoix County
   60
Boyne City
Charlevoix County
100685461.2
Boyne Falls
Charlevoix County
 58.366.733.3
Charlevoix
Charlevoix County
5773.690.142
Concord Academy - Boyne
Charlevoix County
 81.872.281.8
East Jordan
Charlevoix County
6651.437.341.5
Cheboygan
Cheboygan County
11632.346.840.7
Inland Lakes
Cheboygan County
4746.842.945
Wolverine
Cheboygan County
1447.145.547.6
Brimley
Chippewa County
4152.543.234.9
Detour
Chippewa County
 42.95033.3
Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy
Chippewa County
6664.147.850
Ojibway Charter School
Chippewa County
 12.5 20
Pickford
Chippewa County
 5626.922.2
Rudyard
Chippewa County
5036.730.919.2
Sault Ste. Marie
Chippewa County
13266.248.858.3
Clare
Clare County
11057.455.843.5
Farwell
Clare County
8931.138.942.4
Harrison
Clare County
10331.530.637
Bath
Clinton County
8454.362.255.1
DeWitt
Clinton County
21464.267.360.9
Fowler
Clinton County
2474.277.875.8
Ovid-Elsie
Clinton County
10264.659.351.6
Pewamo-Westphalia
Clinton County
197236.461.9
St. Johns
Clinton County
20457.553.853.8
Crawford AuSable
Crawford County
12163.661.650
Big Bay De Noc
Delta County
 62.542.111.1
Escanaba
Delta County
17655.737.936.1
Gladstone
Delta County
10847.846.161.4
Mid Peninsula
Delta County
 42.912.521.4
Rapid River
Delta County
 3628.618.2
Breitung Twp
Dickinson County
13157.755.860.9
Iron Mountain
Dickinson County
4270.785.167.5
North Dickinson
Dickinson County
125558.865
Norway-Vulcan
Dickinson County
4645.539.540.8
Bellevue
Eaton County
4223.138.541.3
Charlotte
Eaton County
17960.646.950.6
Eaton Rapids
Eaton County
14953.552.145.7
Grand Ledge
Eaton County
346505354.8
Island City Academy
Eaton County
 70.845.837.5
Maple Valley
Eaton County
7431.235.827.9
Olivet
Eaton County
9772.462.159.3
Potterville
Eaton County
6947.144.955.6
Waverly
Eaton County
1796953.951.2
Alanson
Emmet County
 16.744.415.8
Concord Academy - Petoskey
Emmet County
 62.57031.3
Harbor Springs
Emmet County
5053.854.558.2
Mackinaw City
Emmet County
 6061.546.7
Pellston
Emmet County
3338.247.440.6
Petoskey
Emmet County
18573.355.152
Atherton
Genesee County
 312015.6
Beecher
Genesee County
  9.99.1
Bendle
Genesee County
8121.344.235.2
Bentley
Genesee County
5840.724.218
Burton Glen Charter Academy
Genesee County
7823.310.817.3
Carman-Ainsworth
Genesee County
28950.341.338.2
Clio
Genesee County
23276.446.955.5
Davison
Genesee County
44257.852.257
Fenton
Genesee County
22868.952.247.1
Flint
Genesee County
44818.715.710.7
Flushing
Genesee County
27958.949.848.8
Genesee
Genesee County
4938.52530
Genesee STEM Academy
Genesee County
 7.1 17.1
Goodrich
Genesee County
13044.351.250.8
Grand Blanc Academy
Genesee County
 2019 
Grand Blanc
Genesee County
57358.362.456.7
Greater Heights Academy
Genesee County
 14.6613.5
International Academy Flint
Genesee County
10721.723.914
Kearsley
Genesee County
20848.241.340.6
Lake Fenton
Genesee County
14167.465.154.7
LakeVille
Genesee County
8536.247.842.5
Linden Charter Academy
Genesee County
 32.512.66.5
Linden
Genesee County
19255.453.957.6
Madison Academy
Genesee County
 33.314.716.7
Montrose
Genesee County
89424842.4
Mt. Morris
Genesee County
13837.423.317.5
Northridge Academy
Genesee County
 12.21412.1
Richfield Public School Academy
Genesee County
 17.314.311.4
Swartz Creek
Genesee County
27165.643.945.2
The New Standard Academy
Genesee County
6512.37.542.6
Westwood Heights
Genesee County
 3811.521.4
Woodland Park Academy
Genesee County
4515.726.725
Beaverton
Gladwin County
 51.149.411.3
Gladwin
Gladwin County
12151.445.948
Bessemer
Gogebic County
41506374
Ironwood
Gogebic County
5753.340.347.5
Wakefield-Marenisco
Gogebic County
 47.154.250
Watersmeet
Gogebic County
 502531.6
Grand Traverse Academy
Grand Traverse County
10849.65460.2
Kingsley
Grand Traverse County
10579.859.867.3
Traverse City
Grand Traverse County
69155.456.150
Woodland School
Grand Traverse County
1952.265.243.5
Alma
Gratiot County
15235.743.937
Ashley
Gratiot County
 6037.533.3
Breckenridge
Gratiot County
4952.648.934.7
Fulton
Gratiot County
3946.949.156.8
Ithaca
Gratiot County
7354.958.137.2
St. Louis
Gratiot County
7044.748.626.9
Camden-Frontier
Hillsdale County
3461.864.355.3
Hillsdale
Hillsdale County
8752.247.946.3
Hillsdale Preparatory School
Hillsdale County
 57.172.226.7
Jonesville
Hillsdale County
9255.241.129.3
Litchfield
Hillsdale County
 6536.854.5
North Adams-Jerome
Hillsdale County
 40.947.623.8
Pittsford
Hillsdale County
 3022.524.3
Reading
Hillsdale County
483743.120
Waldron
Hillsdale County
 3028.637.5
Will Carleton Charter School Academy
Hillsdale County
2780.653.661.5
Adams Township
Houghton County
3561.352.955.3
Chassell Township
Houghton County
1431.35572.7
Dollar Bay-Tamarack
Houghton County
2259.352.946.2
Hancock
Houghton County
6062.548.458.6
Houghton-Portage
Houghton County
8566.764.459.5
Lake Linden-Hubbell
Houghton County
4164.454.265
Calumet
Houghton County
10573.154.861.3
Stanton Township
Houghton County
 43.845.835.7
Bad Axe
Huron County
6265.85248.3
Caseville
Huron County
 36.839.122.2
Church
Huron County
  50 
Colfax Twp.
Huron County
  85.750
Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker
Huron County
6070.265.261.3
Harbor Beach
Huron County
248460.956.3
North Huron
Huron County
3245.735.533.3
Owendale-Gagetown
Huron County
 33.323.125
Ubly
Huron County
4352.338.947.2
Okemos
Ingham County
30180.674.168.5
Webberville
Ingham County
4179.578.671.7
Williamston
Ingham County
11679.269.274.1
Haslett
Ingham County
19675.871.871.1
White Pine Academy
Ingham County
 69.25080
East Lansing
Ingham County
25464.657.162.5
Cole Academy
Ingham County
2964.545.237.9
Stockbridge
Ingham County
9858.957.358.7
Windemere Park Charter Academy
Ingham County
8757.444.648.1
Mason (Ingham)
Ingham County
21855.859.154.4
Leslie
Ingham County
925541.763
Holt
Ingham County
40050.651.547.7
Michigan Connections Academy
Ingham County
7448.35949.4
Dansville
Ingham County
4946.744.751.2
Lansing
Ingham County
85828.525.924.4
Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy
Ingham County
 17.916.215.4
Lansing Charter Academy
Ingham County
8116.729.421
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy
Ingham County
  8.3 
Belding
Ionia County
12727.834.434.1
Berlin Twp #3
Ionia County
 66.7 25
Easton Twp #6
Ionia County
 83.32057.1
Ionia
Ionia County
2155048.853.1
Lakewood
Ionia County
13769.863.667.4
Portland
Ionia County
15560.953.363.7
Saranac
Ionia County
8343.447.345.5
Hale
Iosco County
2956.523.351.9
Oscoda
Iosco County
865143.332.9
Tawas
Iosco County
7967.657.553.6
Whittemore-Prescott
Iosco County
6448.74042.6
Forest Park
Iron County
305056.335.1
West Iron
Iron County
5846.44534.4
Beal City
Isabella County
4554.534.827.7
Morey Montessori Public School Academy
Isabella County
 27.330.437.5
Mt. Pleasant
Isabella County
23758.955.248.7
Renaissance Public School Academy
Isabella County
4465.936.146.8
Shepherd
Isabella County
13744.245.840.1
Columbia
Jackson County
10056.856.769.3
Concord
Jackson County
424031.643.9
Da Vinci Instittue
Jackson County
 26.323.818.2
East Jackson
Jackson County
7420.524.114.3
Grass Lake
Jackson County
10243.43729.3
Hanover-Horton
Jackson County
8766.760.864
Jackson
Jackson County
40742.739.838.3
Michigan Center
Jackson County
9554.334.738.9
Napoleon
Jackson County
9760.65064.2
Northwest
Jackson County
1996766.847.1
Paragon Academy
Jackson County
7843.254.743.5
Springport
Jackson County
6255.967.241.4
Vandercook Lake
Jackson County
9447.139.634.9
Western
Jackson County
22048.84655.2
Climax-Scotts
Kalamazoo County
3646.735.938.5
Comstock
Kalamazoo County
11845.436.136.2
Evergreen Academy
Kalamazoo County
 255050
Forest Academy
Kalamazoo County
2957.15031.4
Galesburg-Augusta
Kalamazoo County
7755.15037.2
Gull Lake
Kalamazoo County
20867.762.856
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo County
9964435.637.3
Oakland Academy
Kalamazoo County
3071.85073.1
Paramount Charter Academy
Kalamazoo County
4570.634.319.6
Parchment
Kalamazoo County
10767.459.345.5
Portage
Kalamazoo County
62768.757.364.5
Schoolcraft
Kalamazoo County
7463.572.454.1
Vicksburg
Kalamazoo County
18362.857.262.6
Excelsior
Kalkaska County
 14.3  
Forest Area
Kalkaska County
 41.542.524
Kalkaska
Kalkaska County
11344.351.343.1
Byron Center
Kent County
29287.484.377.6
East Grand Rapids
Kent County
21284.576.982.9
Chandler Woods Charter Academy
Kent County
828064.663.1
Caledonia
Kent County
31473.475.668.1
Walker Charter Academy
Kent County
7872.659.260.8
Cross Creek Charter Academy
Kent County
826976.272.3
Forest Hills
Kent County
72568.663.265.6
Lowell
Kent County
26868.56358.5
Kenowa Hills
Kent County
202685352.3
New Branches Charter Academy
Kent County
3166.745.541.7
Rockford
Kent County
53566.266.558.2
Knapp Charter Academy
Kent County
8263.134.536.7
Excel Charter Academy
Kent County
8262.362.767.5
Sparta
Kent County
17862.255.662.7
Grandville
Kent County
36060.959.655.9
Kent City
Kent County
11454.750.957.8
Cedar Springs
Kent County
25054.34535.4
Vanguard Charter Academy
Kent County
8151.863.349.4
Kentwood
Kent County
61749.947.952.6
Godwin Heights
Kent County
15047.841.535.4
West MI Academy of Environmental Science
Kent County
6346.854.251.4
Kelloggsville
Kent County
13945.940.131.9
Vista Charter Academy
Kent County
7844.332.129.6
Ridge Park Charter Academy
Kent County
764333.841.3
Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center
Kent County
3942.954.547.6
Wyoming
Kent County
32039.936.328.7
Northview
Kent County
21939.148.148.2
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy
Kent County
15137.324.137.1
Comstock Park
Kent County
13436.836.737.8
Creative Technologies Academy
Kent County
 33.333.338.1
Hope Academy of West Michigan
Kent County
 33.358.8
Grand Rapids
Kent County
128423.723.823.2
Byron Center Charter School
Kent County
152077.365.4
Godfrey-Lee
Kent County
12819.826.326.9
William C. Abney Academy
Kent County
 19  
River City Scholars Charter Academy
Kent County
6416.222.225.4
Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology
Kent County
 14.87.18.3
Baldwin
Lake County
4838.335.328
Mackinac Preparatory Academy
Lake County
  50 
Almont
Lapeer County
9477.381.872.3
Chatfield School
Lapeer County
5269.263.653.7
Dryden
Lapeer County
3952.827.857.1
Imlay City
Lapeer County
13446.146.939.7
Lapeer
Lapeer County
32742.250.250
North Branch
Lapeer County
16650.648.853
Glen Lake
Leelanau County
3562.881.847.6
Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy
Leelanau County
 47.15033.3
Leland
Leelanau County
3241.436.751.6
Northport
Leelanau County
 58.343.828.6
Suttons Bay
Leelanau County
3044.848.632.3
Addison
Lenawee County
6367.748.341.8
Adrian
Lenawee County
21843.544.438.6
Blissfield
Lenawee County
8558.651.749.4
Britton Deerfield
Lenawee County
3535.342.628.6
Clinton
Lenawee County
8263.341.249.3
Hudson
Lenawee County
6552.150.739.7
Madison (Lenawee)
Lenawee County
12764.856.850
Morenci
Lenawee County
4830.43232.5
Onsted
Lenawee County
985146.755.2
Sand Creek
Lenawee County
6067.854.352.5
Tecumseh
Lenawee County
22251.454.158.5
Brighton
Livingston County
41274.364.969.8
Charyl Stockwell Academy
Livingston County
10356.953.766.3
Fowlerville
Livingston County
22941.739.853
Hartland
Livingston County
36367.664.965.7
Howell
Livingston County
4846460.356.8
Pinckney
Livingston County
17458.933.744.6
Tahquamenon
Luce County
476154.249.1
Engadine
Mackinac County
 4058.350
Les Cheneaux
Mackinac County
  46.756.3
Mackinac Island
Mackinac County
 754037.5
Moran Twp
Mackinac County
 33.333.325
St. Ignace
Mackinac County
 56.335.136
Three Lakes Academy
Mackinac County
 30.846.241.7
Academy of Warren
Macomb County
67137.813.9
Armada
Macomb County
11266.466.749.2
Center Line
Macomb County
18524.228.123.8
Chippewa Valley
Macomb County
114153.348.649
Clintondale
Macomb County
12431.513.713.8
Conner Creek Academy East
Macomb County
5215.911.318.2
East Detroit
Macomb County
19921.51718.2
Eaton Academy
Macomb County
 13.2 8.3
Fitzgerald
Macomb County
17735.926.521.3
Fraser
Macomb County
37557.849.647.2
Global Preparatory Academy
Macomb County
 13.610.535
Great Oaks Academy
Macomb County
8224.427.635
Huron Academy
Macomb County
7051.542.127.3
Lake Shore (Macomb)
Macomb County
21553.156.141.5
Lakeview (Macomb)
Macomb County
28649.649.348
L'Anse Creuse
Macomb County
70555.24949.7
Macomb Montessori Academy
Macomb County
 209.116.7
Merritt Academy
Macomb County
3952.655.652.4
Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy
Macomb County
 22.211.620.5
Mount Clemens
Macomb County
9317.118.419.2
Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy
Macomb County
5153.550.754
New Haven
Macomb County
9546.74526.7
Noor International Academy
Macomb County
2461.37584
Prevail Academy
Macomb County
7134.225.726.1
Reach Charter Academy
Macomb County
8139.218.126.7
Richmond
Macomb County
10144.43955.4
Romeo
Macomb County
34857.161.354.1
Roseville
Macomb County
36227.827.222.4
South Lake
Macomb County
12850.742.237.9
Success Mile Academy
Macomb County
 19.112.117.4
Utica
Macomb County
193654.954.854.1
Van Dyke
Macomb County
21028.822.320.7
Warren Consolidated
Macomb County
102743.537.738.8
Warren Woods
Macomb County
19944.540.734.7
Bear Lake
Manistee County
 47.161.152.9
Kaleva Norman Dickson
Manistee County
4446.92727.3
Manistee
Manistee County
11146.930.137
Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy
Manistee County
10526.825.622.5
Onekama
Manistee County
2569.643.535.3
Gwinn
Marquette County
7644.334.415.6
Ishpeming
Marquette County
5672.943.334.1
Marquette
Marquette County
21460.357.250.2
Negaunee
Marquette County
11770.864.150
NICE
Marquette County
10062.448.559.8
North Star Academy
Marquette County
 204422.2
Powell
Marquette County
 20 50
Republic-Michigamme
Marquette County
   16.7
Ludington
Mason County
16369.143.945.1
Mason Co. Central
Mason County
935035.638
Mason Co. Eastern
Mason County
3155.25037.5
Big Rapids
Mecosta County
13345.848.356.8
Chippewa Hills
Mecosta County
1545744.454.7
Crossroads Charter Academy
Mecosta County
445448.348.6
Morley Stanwood
Mecosta County
8142.535.416.7
Bark River
Menominee County
5945.54643.5
Carney-Nadeau
Menominee County
 87.51921.1
Menominee
Menominee County
10041.341.644.2
Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy
Menominee County
 11.126.733.3
North Central
Menominee County
 61.585.756.3
Stephenson
Menominee County
3469.871.451.5
Bullock Creek
Midland County
12070.377.758.3
Coleman
Midland County
5735.83031.3
Meridian
Midland County
8929.522.829.9
Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies
Midland County
 55.657.131.6
Midland
Midland County
51463.160.759.1
Lake City
Missaukee County
8734.438.628
McBain
Missaukee County
8146.755.150
Airport
Monroe County
16653.239.840.3
Bedford
Monroe County
28866.159.760.2
Dundee
Monroe County
10768.557.649.5
Ida
Monroe County
9158.155.368.4
Jefferson
Monroe County
11354.558.854.8
Mason (Monroe)
Monroe County
8266.767.464.9
Monroe
Monroe County
36550.540.633.4
New Bedford Academy
Monroe County
 35.73050
Summerfield
Monroe County
5165.153.261.8
Triumph Academy
Monroe County
8458.541.550
Whiteford
Monroe County
4855.653.750
Carson City-Crystal
Montcalm County
6147.128.332.7
Central Montcalm
Montcalm County
12751.92524.4
Flat River Academy
Montcalm County
 25 14.3
Greenville
Montcalm County
28442.854.551.8
Lakeview (Montcalm)
Montcalm County
7755.462.254.9
Montabella
Montcalm County
5229.222.723.7
Tri County
Montcalm County
14938.730.337.3
Vestaburg
Montcalm County
 34.127.526.5
Atlanta
Montmorency County
 706040.9
Hillman
Montmorency County
3643.334.230
Fruitport
Muskegon County
18151.852.953.6
Holton
Muskegon County
6757.351.641.2
Mona Shores
Muskegon County
27647.853.745.7
Montague
Muskegon County
11157.454.147.4
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System
Muskegon County
 12.510.4 
Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change
Muskegon County
933.311.176.5
Muskegon
Muskegon County
28217.817.814.7
North Muskegon
Muskegon County
7479.765.365.3
Oakridge
Muskegon County
16137.732.442.5
Orchard View
Muskegon County
15551.841.236.7
Ravenna
Muskegon County
6537.368.349.2
Reeths-Puffer
Muskegon County
27545.849.845.2
Three Oaks Public School Academy
Muskegon County
6527.926.219.4
Timberland Academy
Muskegon County
7033.912.216.9
Whitehall
Muskegon County
15053.955.455
Big Jackson
Newaygo County
  66.7 
Fremont
Newaygo County
15043.639.645.3
Grant
Newaygo County
12749.341.326.5
Hesperia
Newaygo County
7426.317.819.2
Newaygo
Newaygo County
11931.540.726
White Cloud
Newaygo County
6848.846.746.6
AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School
Oakland County
 86.285.2 
Troy
Oakland County
91984.671.569.5
Rochester
Oakland County
103775.471.169.7
Holly Academy
Oakland County
10074.874.768
Birmingham
Oakland County
56774.27062.8
Novi
Oakland County
4777469.266.9
Bloomfield Hills
Oakland County
36069.963.565.6
South Lyon
Oakland County
61069.16058.8
Berkley
Oakland County
30268.864.154.9
Kingsbury Country Day School
Oakland County
 68.872.228
Royal Oak
Oakland County
3916858.659.6
Lake Orion
Oakland County
53967.870.965.6
Clarkston
Oakland County
50562.461.558
Farmington
Oakland County
67059.352.154.3
Waterford Montessori Academy
Oakland County
2959.138.559.4
Walled Lake
Oakland County
993585549.1
Avondale
Oakland County
22756.754.845.7
Faxon Language Immersion Academy
Oakland County
 55.635.341.7
West Bloomfield
Oakland County
35354.758.654.1
Waterford
Oakland County
62253.546.244.6
Grand River Academy
Oakland County
7753.25642.2
Oxford
Oakland County
32451.753.850
Clawson
Oakland County
87516732.7
Brandon
Oakland County
17449.248.945.3
Holly
Oakland County
2104944.947.3
Four Corners Montessori Academy
Oakland County
4748.957.150
Lamphere
Oakland County
20448.333.828
Huron Valley
Oakland County
61247.458.953.6
Madison (Oakland)
Oakland County
6237.534.339.3
Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence
Oakland County
9637.128.231.6
Ferndale
Oakland County
1463637.222.5
Laurus Academy
Oakland County
8235.444.446.9
Southfield
Oakland County
41734.837.335.4
Oakside Scholars Charter Academy
Oakland County
 32.12811.5
Oak Park
Oakland County
25830.68.720.5
Taylor International Academy
Oakland County
 30.217.8 
Jefferson International Academy
Oakland County
 27.831.822.5
Momentum Academy
Oakland County
 27.328.636.4
Walton Charter Academy
Oakland County
8824.410.312.4
Academy of Southfield
Oakland County
 22.9  
Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac
Oakland County
5918.21030.8
Hazel Park
Oakland County
1851817.515.8
Great Lakes Academy
Oakland County
 17.417.611.8
Pontiac Academy for Excellence
Oakland County
 17.416.35.8
Pontiac
Oakland County
29316.813.914.3
Crescent Academy
Oakland County
11716.822.223.4
Academy of Waterford
Oakland County
 16.7  
Michigan School for the Arts
Oakland County
 16.7 12.1
Bradford Academy
Oakland County
 13.77.410.5
Sarah J. Webber Media Arts Academy
Oakland County
 6.78 
Hart
Oceana County
10127.735.422.8
Pentwater
Oceana County
1578.97575
Shelby
Oceana County
9532.327.623.9
Walkerville
Oceana County
 20.861.533.3
West Branch-Rose City
Ogemaw County
1344555.352.6
Ewen-Trout Creek
Ontonagon County
 58.82537.5
Ontonagon
Ontonagon County
 56.553.660
Evart Public Schools
Osceola County
6338.535.346.3
Marion
Osceola County
3341.971.143.8
Pine River
Osceola County
7454.347.841.3
Reed City
Osceola County
11647.332.729.7
Fairview
Oscoda County
 60.94547.4
Mio-AuSable
Oscoda County
4131.332.452.9
Gaylord
Otsego County
23252.353.448.5
Jo-Lewiston
Otsego County
505062.351
Vanderbilt
Otsego County
 37.526.750
Allendale
Ottawa County
19761.75954
Black River Public School
Ottawa County
5660.564.146.4
Coopersville
Ottawa County
19656.647.152
Eagle Crest Charter Academy
Ottawa County
818171.664.7
Grand Haven
Ottawa County
38578.973.466.7
Holland
Ottawa County
24243.447.144.2
Hudsonville
Ottawa County
48672.576.474
ICademy Global
Ottawa County
 66.77536.4
Innocademy
Ottawa County
4154.539.556.3
Jenison
Ottawa County
35270.669.764.3
Spring Lake
Ottawa County
17885.577.684.5
Vanderbilt Charter Academy
Ottawa County
493860.761.7
Walden Green Montessori
Ottawa County
1268.460.961.1
West MI Academy of Arts and Academics
Ottawa County
634641.347.5
West Ottawa
Ottawa County
49158.551.160.1
Zeeland
Ottawa County
41279.165.465.5
Onaway
Presque Isle County
435561.234
Posen
Presque Isle County
 56.362.530
Rogers City
Presque Isle County
3535.546.260.6
Charlton Heston Academy
Roscommon County
5147.725.533.3
Houghton Lake
Roscommon County
8334.92729.2
Roscommon
Roscommon County
7146.646.636.8
Birch Run
Saginaw County
12749.657.939.6
Bridgeport-Spaulding
Saginaw County
9916.51611.1
Carrollton
Saginaw County
11230.534.419.8
Chesaning Union
Saginaw County
8968.157.757.1
Francis Reh PSA
Saginaw County
 7.111.414.6
Frankenmuth
Saginaw County
6871.265.247.9
Freeland
Saginaw County
15273.166.263.5
Hemlock
Saginaw County
7150.649.345.3
International Academy of Saginaw
Saginaw County
 30.44022.6
Merrill
Saginaw County
 53.635.434.8
North Saginaw Charter Academy
Saginaw County
573022.619
Saginaw Preparatory Academy
Saginaw County
 22.629.35
Saginaw Township
Saginaw County
31463.953.544.7
Saginaw
Saginaw County
48833.731.125.5
St. Charles
Saginaw County
525052.351
Swan Valley
Saginaw County
12762.559.660.8
Brown City
Sanilac County
5861.75955.4
Carsonville
Sanilac County
243632.137
Croswell-Lexington
Sanilac County
15163.146.657.7
Deckerville
Sanilac County
4729.434.232
Marlette
Sanilac County
5941.452.943.9
Peck
Sanilac County
 15.647.18.3
Sandusky
Sanilac County
6873.465.452.7
Manistique
Schoolcraft County
4978.459.431.4
Byron
Shiawassee County
5454.343.144.8
Corunna
Shiawassee County
12949.754.239.5
Durand
Shiawassee County
9859.241.734.1
Laingsburg
Shiawassee County
7764.660.662
Morrice
Shiawassee County
 40.630.837.5
New Lothrop
Shiawassee County
5977.566.354.9
Owosso
Shiawassee County
2253738.335.4
Perry
Shiawassee County
775241.747.4
Algonac
St. Clair County
13463.740.348.7
Anchor Bay
St. Clair County
39662.459.658.1
Capac
St. Clair County
6740.925.832.8
East China
St. Clair County
29861.244.151.9
East Shore Leadership Academy
St. Clair County
 66.73027.8
Landmark Academy
St. Clair County
5547.942.643.1
Marysville
St. Clair County
20563.960.262
Memphis
St. Clair County
59634842.4
Port Huron
St. Clair County
62646.848.337.4
Yale
St. Clair County
13168.669.864.1
Burr Oak
St. Joseph County
 2843.833.3
Centreville
St. Joseph County
5039.239.644.9
Colon
St. Joseph County
4437.528.920
Constantine
St. Joseph County
10559.158.535.7
Mendon
St. Joseph County
4347.442.645.2
Nottawa
St. Joseph County
 5026.341.2
Sturgis
St. Joseph County
25250.438.835
Three Rivers
St. Joseph County
21048.258.452.4
White Pigeon
St. Joseph County
60302022.7
Akron-Fairgrove
Tuscola County
168031.376.5
Caro
Tuscola County
11047.651.336.4
Cass City
Tuscola County
7761.347.648.7
Kingston
Tuscola County
4537.537.838.1
Mayville
Tuscola County
4846.230.429.8
Millington
Tuscola County
7742.759.738.3
Reese
Tuscola County
536042.954
Unionville-Sebewaing
Tuscola County
4841.552.250
Vassar
Tuscola County
615030.336.2
Bangor (Van Buren)
Van Buren County
8434.52525.3
Bangor Twp #8
Van Buren County
 6050 
Bloomingdale
Van Buren County
8544.626.637.8
Covert
Van Buren County
 45.820.813.6
Decatur
Van Buren County
5658.856.945
Gobles
Van Buren County
5556.665.256.1
Hartford
Van Buren County
9722.73519.4
Lawrence
Van Buren County
4040.443.237.1
Lawton
Van Buren County
7860.547.557.9
Mattawan
Van Buren County
25270.469.363.6
Paw Paw
Van Buren County
14845.85152
South Haven
Van Buren County
14537.642.243.1
Ann Arbor Learning Community
Washtenaw County
 39.361.935.7
Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County
116964.461.461.3
Central Academy
Washtenaw County
5130.23440.4
Chelsea
Washtenaw County
16967.865.755.2
Dexter
Washtenaw County
25962.453.557.3
East Arbor Charter Academy
Washtenaw County
795750.650.6
Fortis Academy
Washtenaw County
8549.440.549.4
Global Tech Academy
Washtenaw County
 21.111.120
Honey Creek Community School
Washtenaw County
2378.692.682.1
Lincoln
Washtenaw County
26832.828.725.8
Manchester
Washtenaw County
6643.943.637.7
Milan
Washtenaw County
13648.939.639.7
Multicultural Academy
Washtenaw County
 10.516.7 
New Beginnings Academy
Washtenaw County
 14.35.623.8
Saline
Washtenaw County
33968.967.966
South Arbor Charter Academy
Washtenaw County
78807553.6
South Pointe Scholars Charter Academy
Washtenaw County
8765.145.350.6
Whitmore Lake
Washtenaw County
5728.835.647.4
Ypsilanti
Washtenaw County
25219.118.512
Grosse Pointe
Wayne County
49984.181.178
Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy
Wayne County
8483.777.867.4
Canton Charter Academy
Wayne County
8283.37270.4
Achieve Charter Academy
Wayne County
8482.683.777.9
Northville
Wayne County
53381.270.570.2
Grosse Ile
Wayne County
12577.383.870
Keystone Academy
Wayne County
827776.763.5
Plymouth-Canton
Wayne County
110572.860.861.4
South Canton Scholars Charter Academy
Wayne County
8672.162.460.9
Allen Park
Wayne County
25267.55351.6
Quest Charter Academy
Wayne County
8565.141.544
Crestwood
Wayne County
26964.64646.5
Trenton
Wayne County
16461.864.341.7
Universal Learning Academy
Wayne County
7160.838.235.9
Dearborn
Wayne County
147259.842.238.4
Detroit Edison Public School Academy
Wayne County
11058.864.556.9
Flat Rock
Wayne County
12758.863.753.5
Branch Line School
Wayne County
 57.129.435.3
Livonia
Wayne County
98954.749.752.3
Taylor Exemplar Academy
Wayne County
8253.742.242.7
The Dearborn Academy
Wayne County
5252.742.440
Wyandotte
Wayne County
26451.44845.7
Garden City
Wayne County
22551.258.960.3
New Paradigm College Prep
Wayne County
 5038.575
Woodhaven-Brownstown
Wayne County
36849.851.254.5
Metro Charter Academy
Wayne County
8749.440.249.4
Tipton Academy
Wayne County
5148.736.432.3
Huron
Wayne County
16147.752.141.5
Wayne-Westland
Wayne County
84847.728.725.4
Riverview
Wayne County
19546.948.448.5
Gibraltar
Wayne County
24746.648.449.8
Melvindale-N. Allen Park
Wayne County
19645.636.133
Clarenceville
Wayne County
14045.342.329.8
Star International Academy
Wayne County
12845.336.238
Taylor
Wayne County
5074330.823.8
South Redford
Wayne County
24942.631.930.5
University Preparatory Academy (PSAD)
Wayne County
13841.72527.3
Trillium Academy
Wayne County
5741.532.150.9
Southgate
Wayne County
2554136.838.1
Hope of Detroit Academy
Wayne County
7139.723.520
West Village Academy
Wayne County
5239.62230.2
Van Buren
Wayne County
31739.126.324.3
Cesar Chavez Academy
Wayne County
15738.526.527.2
Voyageur Academy
Wayne County
6237.930.515.9
Hamtramck Academy
Wayne County
5836.443.145.8
New Paradigm Glazer Academy
Wayne County
 3618.2 
University Preparatory Science and Math (PSAD)
Wayne County
893628.737.2
Harper Woods
Wayne County
9535.639.825
Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy
Wayne County
3735.135.175.8
Hamtramck
Wayne County
18334.924.515.3
Ecorse
Wayne County
5734.544.626.7
Romulus
Wayne County
20433.331.630.3
Summit Academy North
Wayne County
12233.341.935.4
Flagship Charter Academy
Wayne County
7732.915.821.6
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Paul Jordan
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 8:53am

From the time of the Engler administration forward, Republican-dominated state government has blamed teachers, traditional public schools, parents, and even students for poor academic performance. They focused on an unending flurry of 'reforms' that shifted power from local school boards to state government, attacked teachers and traditional public schools, required more and more time spent in testing, and shifted costs from state government to schools.

After wasting generations of students' school years, it is time to shift the blame for the failure of Michigan's schools where it belongs: to the state legislature and governor. It is time for the people of Michigan to return the school system to where it was before Proposal A. We cannot rely on the governor and state legislature because they have proved that they are incompetent.

Kathleen Bilger
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 9:01am

The scores do not surprise me, the signs have been there. While I blame the governor for a lack of funding for schools, the truth lies further back. The parents of today are the children of the whole language approach yesterday. Michigan jumped with both feet into the whole language approach ignoring that countries like New Zealand were pulling out because the results were extremely poor. The whole language approach lacked organization and skill building so now we have a generation of adults who dont have the skills to teach their children how to read. Teachers can only do so much. Good readers are taught at home by one on one contact with adults and the school enforces those skills. The children who have to rely on the schools to teach them to read are the poorer readers.
The state of Michigan needs to realize that funding must start at the elementary level not the community college level. Massachusetts was able to turn around a failing system in a very short amount of time. It took money, focus and people buying into it at all levels. We need to do the same to create a state that attracts the business .

sam melvin
Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:24am

under GOV.Engler : school funding went from 1990 per-pupil .....$ 4.236
2001 .......$ 6,648 ...56.9% increase so more Money didn't raises the schooling!

abe bubush
Sun, 09/23/2018 - 2:36pm

WOW. "more Money didn't raises the schooling!"

Greg
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 8:53am

I agree the school is important. The easy answer is that parents are the important part and I agree parents are. But so are the schools. My sons school is Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) and his school is beating state averages despite having the typical black student from the typical black household. The reason is simple the school has a philosophy that somehow is working. Personally I think it's only because they focus on test scores even more than regular teaching, yet it's hard to say that because most charter schools focus on the tests and don't generate those results. And it's not the teachers because they rotate teachers all the time. Worst turnover rate for a school I've ever seen in my life. Just their curriculum and the rules they set for the students I think.

Sandra George
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 9:21am

Spending money does not mean you get results. Reject rankings that list how much taxpayer $ is spent as a sign of how well the government is doing on a subject.

Joel A. Levitt
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:26am

Yes, our schools need more money, but that will not be enough. One teacher cannot meet the needs of 20 students with diverse levels of preparation and from diverse cultures.

The remedy is to preserve social integration while moving toward individualized instruction. The third essential classroom practice recommended by the GENERAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP NETWORK is, "Small group and individualized instruction ...." And, the seventh includes teaching, " ... morphology (i.e., meaning of word parts), including
common: word roots; inflections; prefixes, and, affixes." But, hitherto, individualizing our children’s education has been impracticably expensive. Now, the availability of internet resources has made individualized teaching practical. Even very young children can use voice-commanded computers.

There are, however, two yet-to-be-accomplished essential requirements. Our teacher preparation colleges and universities must modernize their curricula, and our teachers must be rewarded for accepting retraining.

Kevin Grand
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:37am

Has anyone ever stopped to consider that maybe the solution that is constantly bandied about (more money/government involvement), is actually the cause of the problem here?

During the last century we saw huge leaps in technology. For example the automobile, the airplane and the information age just to name a few.

All of that occurred before the government decided to involve itself where it traditionally had no role at all in the first place, since educational matters were primarily dealt with at the local level.

After the so-called education "experts" inserted themselves into the equation, things had been going downhill ever since.

Reform mathematics replaced traditional mathematics instruction.

Whole language replaced phonics.

Common core, along with the latest educational fad of the week, was made the law of the land. Deviation from that curriculum became illegal. Smaller school districts and home schoolers are outperforming large school districts that the government has literally dumped huge piles of money on.

And now people are wondering why test scores are falling at an astounding rate?

It should be patently obvious as to why that is.

Greg
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 9:02am

I see what you're saying but a blended approach between phonics and whole language is what most schools use and btw it actually has good results. Not that it's a teaching strategy to me. My teachers were doing that back in the 90s. As far as the different ways to do math they're just breaking down what the brain sometimes does mentally anyway. The results are the same or sometimes better. I don't think it's the teaching that's causing students to score low. The tests themselves have been changing. For some reason no one points that out. Their tests they take now are far harder than what you or I took that is assuming you took the MEAP or the Iowa Test like I did. Not only that but the way the tests are evaluated has also changed. So we had a false reporting of education in generations past is what happened to me. When students from my time as a kid did take international tests the USA still scored lower than a lot of other developed nations.

Charles P Tommasulo
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:41am

Paul Jordan has said it all, stop blaming teachers, parents or students. The state legislature and the Governor need to look in a mirror!!

Bob Sornson
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:00am

Michigan is not alone in poor results, but we lead the way in declining outcomes for young learners. Over the past few decades we have increased the academic content standards which teachers must "cover", added student assessment, teacher assessment, school reports, school grading systems, threats to retain 3rd graders, threats to close schools, and pressure to a system that was designed to "cover" standardized content for all kids of the same age. All the pressure has added up to zero improvements in outcomes.
The underlying systems issues have never been addressed. We act as if all second graders are at the same level of readiness, and with a heavy hand we force one-size-fits-all instruction on them, ignoring individual learning needs, ignoring social emotional development, language development, sensory-motor development.
We've turned schools into high stress environments for students and teachers, in which force standardized academic instruction on all kids of a similar age. How is that working?

steve feinman
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:03pm

'Early literacy funds are given to school districts and intermediate school districts to pay for early reading efforts ranging from reading specialists to new curriculum to smaller class sizes in early grades."
It seems that a least one component of this strategy was deficient- including curriculum
and/or "reading specialist designations".

Rick
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:29pm

Looking the ridiculously small student counts in some of the charter schools one has to wonder if that has a lot to do with this. I see some 'high schools' with very small counts and no real high school facilities (there's one in Ann Arbor that's basically an old office building).

There was a reason why the Michigan Constitution wrote so many rules to stop non public schools funding (http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-constitution-clear-no-state-aid-p...). Yet we have them - why? Ah, the DeVos family wanted them and has special dispensation to ignore the State Constitution (and a pliant governor and legislature).

Matt
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 6:18pm

Yep take it from Paul Jordan and Charles Tommasulo, it's Snyder's fault or the Republicans or Engler's or Trump's, Bushes, Regan's or Coolidge's fault that your kids don't learn. Not the teachers, not the parents, nor the entire education establishment have anything to do with it! All in spite of the fact that this has been going on for 40 or 50 years! Remember "A Nation At Risk " in the 1980's? Scary that these people typify the people who actually teach your kids! And you wonder why so many kids are so .....?

Megan Bartley
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 8:03pm

CUT SCORES. Please do research and report on cut scores. Who makes them. How are they decided? It will open your eyes to a whole new side of this story. I promise.

Diana
Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:26am

This is horrible. If the teacher unions scream once more for more money I'd tell them to get out of the state now. More money is not the problem. We need teachers who want to teach, have the ability to teach and can be allowed to teach without politicians and unions interfering. Get rid of the politically correct classes and get back to basics including getting rid of Common Core -- a failure.

Zeke
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:29pm

Somebody tell us what are the spelling scores. My feeling is that if you can't spell it is difficult to read. Today children use abbreviated words and symbols to communicate/text on their smart phones and computers.
Seems basic eh.

Georgia Brown
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 2:54pm

No one is talking about the elephant in the room; the demographic make-up of the class room has changed. Do you really expect these kids that come from homes where the first language is something other then English to be reading at any reasonable level. I think the answer is very clear, we have let these kids come into this country ill prepared and in the process had a profound effect on education all across this country. The wisdom of such a blunder is astounding......

sam melvin
Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:33am

Do give children much more credit ,they will learn a language much faster then adults, and accent free ,children have"build-in" radar/computer system(GOD given) so the pick -up much ,,,and learn..for there future..They are already "programmed by GOD..

Former Michigan...
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:13pm

Oh that’s bullshit. Immigrant children wildly outperform their classmates in all subjects, even English. I went to cmu where they churn out unqualified teachers who are too dumb to major in anything else but psychology and think just like you. Blame minorities and immigrants. How very Michigan of you.

sam melvin
Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:19am

First FOOD for all children in school ........Breakfast, Lunch and Take Home Snack ..
when Agency meet of any form ..there is always "free food" to them at the very least our children deserve the best THEY ARE OUR FUTURE ..no matter who there father was/is ..
by the way how many children Get there childsupportchecks on time any time .lets see the numbers on that.

Eric Geiser
Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:38pm

Our schools fall short in a large part because we all, in our communities, have failed to support families across Michigan. So much of our student's performance is profoundy affected by their home life. This is intuitive. The focus of our efforts MUST change to have our test results change.