Standardized Testing

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The Michigan Department of Education again has asked the U.S. Department of Education to waive standardized testing for the 2020-2021 school year so Michigan teachers can focus on making sure students are caught up in their education. State Superintendent Michael Rice says in the request that Michigan can't safely and uniformly administer a fair standardized test. Standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year was waived for Michigan, but U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told states to expect testing to come back for the 2020-2021 school year.

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At least half of students in every grade scored “below proficient” on every subject of the M-STEP, this year’s state standardized test.

Still, the Michigan Department of Education is happy with the improvements that have been made.

The results show gains in two-thirds of the grades and subjects tested compared to last year.

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Michigan students improved in slightly more than half of the grades and subjects tested on newer, more rigorous standardized assessments, but their proficiency declined in other areas.

M-STEP results released Tuesday show that fewer than half of the students were proficient in 17 of 18 subject-grade tests.

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Michigan is set to release the results of student scores on newer, more rigorous standardized tests.

The M-STEP scores will be made public Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

Students took the annual assessment in the spring.

It was given for the first time in 2015 after replacing the 44-year-old Michigan Education Assessment Program, or MEAP.

Schools in the bottom 5 percent are monitored for improvement and potentially can be placed into a state turnaround district or be closed.

Michigan is reducing the length of standardized tests for students.