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Ed leaders to DeVos: Waive standardized tests due to Michigan school closures

BY: - March 17, 2020

After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order to close all K-12 schools for three weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic, she and state education leaders are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive the national requirement of standardized student assessment tests.  State Superintendent Michael Rice and state Board of Education President Casandra […]

Dems berate Betsy DeVos at heated Capitol Hill hearing, Moolenaar defends her

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the President Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The […]

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Test scores, learning rates tell different student achievement stories in Michigan’s poorest schools

BY: - February 10, 2020

A recent study shows a concept that we have seen for a long time — children’s scores are much higher in richer districts in Michigan. But the study also shows that test scores don’t paint the whole picture for student achievement when comparing poorer and more affluent schools.  The Educational Opportunity Project, a study done […]


Column: DeVos’ formula for success: Trash public schools and push privatization

BY: - November 4, 2019

When U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discussed the results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, she described them as “devastating” and part of a worsening crisis in education. The results showed a slight decline in reading scores and a flattening in math scores. She noted that two out of three of the […]

National education test results show small improvement statewide, in Detroit

BY: - October 30, 2019

According to national test results released today, Michigan has secured its spot in the middle of the pack compared to other states, but a majority of students are still below proficiency and the national average in math and reading.  The 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as “the nation’s report card,” […]

54% of Michigan 3rd graders not reading proficiently

BY: - September 3, 2019

After a number of initiatives to improve literacy in Michigan’s elementary schools, students are still struggling to meet the state’s proficiency standard. According to data released by the state Department of Education, Michigan schools are still falling below the expectations based on results from the M-STEP, a standardized test given to students in the third […]