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Ready or not
3 days ago
‘I can do it’: How four Detroit students hope to make it through the formidable first year of college
Chalkbeat Detroit is following four Detroit high school grads to see how prepared they are for the challenges of college.
Back to school
September 3, 2019
8 things you need to know about the new school year
It's the official first day of school in Michigan, and we have all the things you need to know about the coming school year.
Assessment and testing
August 29, 2019
M-STEP shows no progress for Michigan’s struggling third-grade readers
With the state’s read-or-flunk law beginning this year, Michigan’s efforts to help young readers appear to be falling flat.
August 29, 2019
Michigan M-STEP test scores are inching upward. See how your school compares.
After several years of flat or declining results, scores on Michigan's M-STEP exam show faint signs of improvement.
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July 24, 2019
These students would be hit the hardest under Michigan’s new third-grade retention law
MSU researchers have provided a demographic breakdown of how various groups of students would be impacted by Michigan's third-grade reading law.
July 9, 2019
Detroit officials hope their new initiative for gifted children avoids equity issues that plague other cities
The Detroit school district is working to change its approach to identifying and teaching gifted children.
June 27, 2019
Michigan no longer ranks near bottom for special education, but that doesn’t mean students are doing better academically
Michigan’s special education performance improved slightly this year, after it was ranked near the bottom of the nation in 2018.
May 21, 2019
Report: Michigan is making little to no progress in becoming a top-performing state academically
Michigan has little to show for efforts to improve student achievement, according to a report released today.
May 2, 2019
One finalist for Michigan’s top education job is out, which means another will enter the race
If Brenda Cassellius formally withdraws from consideration for the Michigan state superintendent's position, another finalist could be added.
April 24, 2019
These three finalists have a shot at becoming Michigan’s next state schools superintendent
The three finalists for the state superintendent's job from Michigan include two local superintendents and the former head of Minnesota schools.
April 5, 2019
Here are the five people who could land Michigan’s top education job
Three Michigan superintendents, the former head of Minnesota schools, and a Georgia school turnaround specialist. Those are the five applicants for the state…
April 4, 2019
M-STEP: a parent’s guide. What you need to know before your children take Michigan’s mandatory exams
Monday will mark the beginning of Michigan’s annual testing season — eight weeks that will help determine whether all the academic lessons and…
School Leader Wanted
January 25, 2019
Wanted: Education leader who can navigate state politics in Michigan
Michigan needs a new education leader. Do you think you have what it takes?
February 9, 2018
Will the new Michigan education funding study have a political path toward implementation or take a cruise to nowhere?
Three weeks after a new study recommended sweeping changes to Michigan’s school funding system, the question…
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