Fewer than half of third-graders proficient in English

Aug 29, 2017 by

Further slide in 3rd-graders’ reading skills, increased math proficiency in grades 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 among M-STEP results

The percentage of third-grade students passing the reading portion of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress shrunk for the third year in a row, but scores in math, science and social studies improved, according to data released Tuesday by the state.

The Michigan Department of Education said the percentage of Michigan third-graders passing the English language arts test — which measures reading, writing, listening and language — dropped to 44.1 percent in 2017, compared to 46 percent in 2016 and 50 percent in 2015.

That means 55.9 percent of Michigan’s third-graders scored less than proficient on the 2017 test. Since 2015, third-grade reading scores have dropped 5.9 percentage points, the largest decline in a subject area on the test in its three-year history.

>>(Find your school’s M-STEP scores in our interactive database.)

Bill Disessa, a spokesman for the state education department, called the literacy levels “disappointing.”

He said the state, as well as individual districts, will be looking into causes and solutions. One issue, he said, is some districts may be using a local curriculum not fully aligned with the state standards approved by the State Board of Education in 2010.

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