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Test scores low across state

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

While some grades are showing progress in certain subjects, at least half of all Michigan students are failing in most.

That shocking truth is most alarming when it comes to math.

More than 66 percent of eighth graders in the Saginaw School District performed poorly in math on the M-STEP standardized test.

In Flint the results were even worse. Almost 90 percent were marked not proficient in math.

Jessica Harper said it's hard to help her fifth grade son with his math homework because a lot has changed since she was in school.

"They do way too many steps. When we did it, it was just step by step. But now it's just like they drag it out way too much," Harper said.

Math scores are low across Michigan. Many students in Mid-Michigan are falling below par.

"We have a much more active and engaged methodology today in mathematics instruction," said Craig Douglas, dean of education at Saginaw Valley State University.

Douglas believes the teaching method if better, even if the test scores don't show it. He also said there are other factors to consider, believing lower test scores could be influenced by the students' surroundings.

"Many times there are societal factors that factor into test scores. When you talk about different communites, different sizes and strengths and challenges," Douglas said.

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