Early Literacy

Research shows that early literacy is hugely important for future student success. If students cannot read on grade-level by the end of third grade, they are more likely to drop out of school, have behavioral problems and have less academic success than their peers.

During the 2015-16 school year, only 46 percent of Michigan third-graders were at or above grade level in reading and writing, a sad fact that shows just how far our state has fallen in preparing our students to succeed.

It is vitally important to future learning and success that all students be able to read. We need more investments and strategies to help boost literacy rates, among all grade levels but particularly for early grades.

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  • M-STEP Results Show Need to Build on Progress, Not Reset the Clock

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Today’s release of the results from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) conducted last spring means t…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – June 20

    Why We’re Worried About Assessment Changes…And Why You Should Be TooLast week, Ed Trust-Midwest summarized the highlights, and lowlights, of the proposed state…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – June 6

    State's M-STEP Implementation Shows Major ProgressLast week, Michigan students finished the third round of annual state assessments using the Michigan Student …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – April 11

    MDE Chooses Expediency Over TransparencyIn late March, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent a revised state education plan to Governor Rick Snyder f…

  • Testimony on House Bill 4192, State Standards Repeal Bill

    Chairman Chatfield and members of the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness:Several years ago, Michigan began to see growing recognition of troubling tre…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 14

    ETM Urges MDE to Reconsider Backtrack on Honest Public Reporting and AccountabilityEarlier today, The Education Trust-Midwest urged State Superintendent Brian …

  • Dropping the M-STEP could ‘sabotage’ new school accountability system, group argues

    by Brian McVicar, MLiveChanging Michigan's standardized test could "undermine" a new school accountability system proposed by the Michigan Department of Educat…

  • High academic standards help all students succeed

    by Cheryl CorpusHigh academic standards are needed now more than ever.Growing up in a rural, blue-collar town here in Michigan, I often struggled to understand…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 14

    MDE Releases Draft ESSA PlanEarlier today, the Michigan Department of Education released their draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA…

  • Math Resources

    Today, students are learning math at deeper levels. Math is being taught differently now because we are no longer teaching kids how to "just do," we are teachi…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Dec. 6

    Eighth-grade students make math and science gains, nationallyOver the last four years, students have shown improvement in grade 8 math and science, nationally.…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Nov. 29

    Statement on the Selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of EducationThe full text of this statement is available here.On Wednesday, November 23, President-elec…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 25

    Districts review progress; State mulls testing changeAcross Michigan, parents are receiving M-STEP score reports from last spring and school boards are being b…

  • Joint Letter Recommending Continuing with M-STEP

                      October 10, 2016 Members of the Michigan State Board of Education,As you consider plans to comply with the requirements of the fede…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – September 13

    MDE: We See M-STEP as a “Triple Success”During a House Education Committee meeting last week, Deputy Superintendent for Educator, Student, and School Supports,…

  • Leaders call on state to stay the course on M-STEP

    Michigan needs to stay the course with M-STEPResults from the Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress released August 30 should remind us how critical i…

  • Michigan must stay the course on M-STEP education test

    by Brian CloydDespite modest gains, the data from the most recent M-STEP assessment, released by the Michigan Department of Education this week, show that Mich…

  • Editorial: Schools are still missing the mark

    by The Detroit NewsThe test results released this week by the Michigan Department of Education put into focus how much work is needed to improve student learni…

  • Half of Michigan students still not ‘proficient’ on M-STEP

    by Kate Wells, Michigan RadioWhile several grades made progress in certain subject areas, at least half of Michigan students still scored below “proficient” in…

  • Stay the course on M-STEP testing

    by Ken WhippleThere’s a lot of bad news about Michigan’s educational performance these days, as our students fall further behind kids in nearly every other sta…