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M-STEP Results: More Work Needed to Improve Reading Scores, Accountability

Following the release of the M-STEP assessment results in August, the Detroit Regional Chamber is renewing its call for state leaders to stay the course with the rigorous assessment, which is aligned with Michigan’s high academic standards. The Chamber, along with other business organizations such as Business Leaders for Michigan, are concerned that policymakers will focus on changing the M-STEP rather than improving its outcomes. The 2017 results show that less than half of third graders are proficient in reading, a key area of focus for the Chamber’s Forward Detroit economic development strategy.

While test results are disappointing, they offer an honest look at student performance against rigorous standards and are an indication of Michigan’s progress toward its stated goal of becoming a top 10 state academically. This goal is a priority among investors looking for a well-educated workforce. The 2017 scores demonstrate the need to maintain high academic standards and a well-aligned assessment and to double down on developing strategies that better support student achievement while also committing to a more honest and meaningful accountability system.

Read more about the M-STEP results here.