High Standards and Rigorous Assessment

Top-performing and high-growth states began their educational transformation with higher performance standards for students and schools, for good reason. When states set low bars for teaching and learning, that is exactly what they will get in return: low achievement.

The good news is that Michigan has adopted and begun to implement its first college- and career-ready performance standards, along with an aligned assessment. As they have a chance to work with the standards, teachers and principals have been embracing them as challenging, but absolutely the right stuff. And because the M-STEP assessment was fully aligned with the standards, the state finally has begun to produce truly honest data on where our students are performing on college- and career-ready standards – exactly the  honest data tat both parents and students need.

But progress on this front is fragile: serious threats may derail this effort and undermine implementation.

results in High Standards and Rigorous Assessment.
  • 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…

  • New Assessment Scores Show Need for Michigan to Remain on Track with M-STEP

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. (Aug. 30, 2016) – New results from the Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress (M-STEP) emphasize how critical it is for Michigan to co…