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Test results: Michigan kids worse in reading, better in math

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Michigan students were less proficient in reading and more proficient in math and social studies in the latest round of statewide standardized tests.

M-STEP results were released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

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They show English language arts scores worsened in four of the five grades in which students were tested last spring. Math scores improved in four of the five grades from the year before.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said the math and science results are "exciting" while the reading scores are "disappointing." He said Michigan's initiative to target early literacy should lead to better reading results as it is fully implemented.

Whiston is currently working to establish a new state testing system -- one that takes less time and benchmarks progress throughout the academic year.

"There are some gains. There are some improvements in certain areas, core content areas," Saginaw Public School Board President Rudy Patterson said.

Patterson said his district is doing everything it can to keep proficiency scores moving in the right direction.

"We've got our sleeves rolled up, we're working," Patterson said.

Here's a look inside the numbers for eighth and 11th graders in Saginaw Public Schools:

  • 50 percent of eighth graders were proficient or partially proficient in English. That's up 4 percent from 2016.
  • 60 percent of eighth graders were not proficient in math. That number represents an improvement from 67 percent in 2016.
  • In 11th grade, 72 percent of students are not proficient in science. That is the same as it was in 2016.
  • 68 percent of 11th graders are proficient or partially proficient in social studies. That is nearly the same as 2016.

Students continue to grow and proficiency increases in core content areas, Saginaw Superintendent Nate McClain said. He added the district is providing more STEM initiative and is supporting core conversion to next generation science standards.

Patterson said he wants to see every students attain 100 percent proficiency in every subject. he said every child deserves a quality education.

"The kids are truly our future and it's our job to give them what they need," Patterson said.

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