Talent & Education
To prosper, Michigan must be a more educated place. Bridge will explore the challenges in education and identify policies and initiatives that address them.
Tough standards, targeted funding and a difficult test that every student must pass have elevated Massachusetts to the top of the class.
Charters in the Bay State are fulfilling the promise of bringing innovation and performance to public education. The state keeps a tight rein on who can open charters and sets high standards for schools to remain open.
Use our interactive graphs to compare Michigan and Massachusetts across a wide range of test scores.
Emphasis on literacy and testing to monitor progress are credited with a rise in student learning in Florida, particularly for low-income and minority students. But some ask, how much is too much?
Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.
Despite sunny promises, most community college students are shunning careers in manufacturing, technical and skilled trades, leaving Michigan employers and the colleges themselves bewildered.
Struggling students and falling enrollment are presenting challenges to Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Their leaders are aiming to reverse fortunates with innovative job programs.
Minnesota traces its elite status to tough academic standards, the nation’s most extensive early childhood education program and higher investment in low-income schools.
A perennial bottom dweller in academic rankings, Tennessee has sprinted to respectability by demanding more of teachers and students and giving them the tools to succeed.
Comparing the latest NAEP scores from Michigan and Tennessee, you might not notice much difference: students in both states produce middling results. But these graphics show how Tennessee students are rapidly improving, while Michigan has barely budged.
As Michigan students muddle along in academic mediocrity, their peers across much of the nation are zooming past. What are other states doing that Michigan is not? Bridge visited four to find out.
New robotics center at Flint's Kettering University opens doors for minority students.
Flint Hamady High School student De'Shondria Bedenfield went from quiet student to champ with a milling machine after becoming hooked by robotics.
Since 2001, Big Ten schools have become far more selective, when measured by the ACT scores of incoming freshmen. But MSU, like most in-state schools, stayed pretty much the same.
Since 2001, OSU has seen the average ACT test scores of incoming freshmen soar faster than any Big Ten school; it now stands behind only Northwestern and UM.