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Smartest kids: Ignoring outcry, Massachusetts leaders chose excellence

Smartest kids: Ignoring outcry, Massachusetts leaders chose excellence

October 9, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Tough standards, targeted funding and a difficult test that every student must pass have elevated Massachusetts to the top of the class.

Smartest kids: Massachusetts charter schools are few but mighty

Smartest kids: Massachusetts charter schools are few but mighty

October 9, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

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.

How Michigan, Massachusetts compare

How Michigan, Massachusetts compare

October 9, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Use our interactive graphs to compare Michigan and Massachusetts across a wide range of test scores.

Smartest kids: In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback

Smartest kids: In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback

September 30, 2014 | Ron French

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?

How Michigan, Florida compare

How Michigan, Florida compare

September 30, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.

Community colleges pushing skilled trades, but students aren’t buying

Community colleges pushing skilled trades, but students aren’t buying

September 18, 2014 | Rick Haglund

Despite sunny promises, most community college students are shunning careers in manufacturing, technical and skilled trades, leaving Michigan employers and the colleges themselves bewildered.

Troubling times for Michigan’s community colleges

Troubling times for Michigan’s community colleges

September 18, 2014 | Rick Haglund

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.

Smartest kids: Teaching starts early, with special focus on the poor, in Minnesota

Smartest kids: Teaching starts early, with special focus on the poor, in Minnesota

September 16, 2014 | Ron French

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.

Smartest kids: In Tennessee, an epic turnaround

Smartest kids: In Tennessee, an epic turnaround

September 9, 2014 | Ron French

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.

Smartest kids graphic: How Michigan and Tennessee compare on NAEP

Smartest kids graphic: How Michigan and Tennessee compare on NAEP

September 9, 2014 | Bridge Staff

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.

'The smartest kids': About this series

'The smartest kids': About this series

September 1, 2014 | Bridge Staff

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.

Robots enter Flint, change lives

Robots enter Flint, change lives

August 28, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

New robotics center at Flint's Kettering University opens doors for minority students.

How robotics changed one girl’s path

How robotics changed one girl’s path

August 28, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Flint Hamady High School student De'Shondria Bedenfield went from quiet student to champ with a milling machine after becoming hooked by robotics.

UM soars, MSU doesn't on freshmen test scores

UM soars, MSU doesn't on freshmen test scores

August 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Football, shmootball: Ohio State gets serious in the classroom

Football, shmootball: Ohio State gets serious in the classroom

August 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Big Ten ACT scores soar

Big Ten ACT scores soar

August 26, 2014 | Bridge Staff

The ACT doesn’t tell everything about a student, or the school they attend, but incoming Big Ten freshmen need higher scores than ever to crack the conference.

Grand Valley

Grand Valley

August 26, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech

August 26, 2014 | Bridge Staff

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