standardized tests

M-STEP results show learning decline during pandemic, thousands of 3rd graders could be held back

BY: - August 31, 2021

After another year of disrupted learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan student state assessment scores from this spring declined from the last time students were given statewide assessments in spring 2019, according to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). According to the 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) results released Tuesday, Michigan students […]

MDE leaders slam feds for denying standardized test waiver

BY: - April 8, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) on Tuesday denied Michigan’s request to waive the federal requirement to administer the state’s standardized tests during the pandemic.  MDE requested in January the waiver, along with another for accountability requirements. But on March 26, USED only approved the accountability waiver due to “the disruption of instruction caused by […]

Feds waive school accountability requirements for Mich., standardized testing still required 

BY: - March 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has waived the federal requirements for school accountability in Michigan, but schools should still plan on administering standardized tests this spring.  The Michigan Department of Education announced Monday the federal department waived the school accountability measure for this school year due to “the disruption of instruction caused by the […]


Column: Going forth with standardized tests may cause more problems than it solves

BY: , and - March 8, 2021

Despite the many ways that COVID-19 has disrupted schools, the U.S. Department of Education will not give states a pass on giving standardized tests to students this year as it did in spring 2020. That’s according to new guidance the department issued Feb. 22. The guidance invites states to request waivers to shorten tests, give […]

Feds say standardized tests won’t be waived

BY: - February 24, 2021

Schools will still have to administer federal standardized testing this year, according to the new Biden administration, but the regulations will be more lenient than in years past.  On Monday, Biden’s team announced that schools won’t receive a waiver for the required testing, but states have the flexibility to create shorter exams, offer remote options […]

DeVos refuses state testing waivers for current school year

BY: - September 4, 2020

After requests from state leaders to waive spring state assessments this school year, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos informed state Superintendent Michael Rice Thursday that Michigan should not anticipate any waivers to the federal requirement. In June, Rice and State Board of Education President Casandra Ulbrich requested DeVos continue waiving the federal requirements for student […]


Education leaders need answers from state, feds in order to reopen during pandemic

BY: - August 7, 2020

Michigan education leaders and superintendents say they’re preparing for the school year the best they can, but they need better support from the state and federal government in order to do so.  During a “State of Michigan Schools” roundtable hosted by the Tri County Alliance for Public Education, leaders stressed the need for flexible legislation […]

Teachers finally invited to testify about school reopening concerns

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two teachers were asked to testify during the Senate Education and Career Readiness committee meeting Tuesday — the first time educators were able to share their perspectives on the state’s school reopening plans during a legislative hearing.  A number of Democratic legislators raised concerns during a July 15 state House and Senate joint Education Committee […]

Michigan teachers not invited to legislative hearing on reopening schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

The state House and Senate Education committees met Wednesday to discuss reopening plans for schools this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but an important perspective was left out of the conversation — teachers.  Conversations on safe reopening plans, and if in-person learning is a possibility at all this fall, are happening at federal, state and […]

Dems urge DeVos to waive standardized testing next school year

BY: - June 24, 2020

State Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and State Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) introduced a concurrent resolution Wednesday to urge the U.S. Department of Education to waive the federally mandated standardized tests next school year. In March, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waived the federal mandate for the remaining assessments this spring, but testing for next fall is […]

How do you teach science experiments at home? How educators are adjusting to the school shutdown.

BY: - April 28, 2020

On a normal Monday morning, Devin Schweigert, a seventh grade science teacher at Manistee Middle High School, would be leading a classroom full of students in a science experiment.  However, on this particular Monday morning, he is at home by his computer trying to create lesson plans that his students can do with or without […]

DeVos: States can skip standardized tests due to coronavirus

BY: - March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education will waive standardized testing requirements for states unable to test students because of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. States can request waivers of federally-mandated tests during the ongoing national emergency, according to a news release. This came after state Superintendent Michael Rice and state Board of Education President Casandra […]