(WLNS) - Michigan now ranks in the bottom five states for student learning progress, according to a study released today.
The Education Trust-Midwest's State of Michigan Education report found fourth-grade students in the state rank among the bottom five states for reading and math. It also revealed that Michigan's fourth-graders' reading skills are lower than they were ten years ago.
It also found learning levels are similar for both Michigan's charter schools and traditional public schools.
Across all groups of students -- white, African American, Latino, low-income, higher-income -- Michigan's student achievement rank has fallen in the last decade.
The good news is, other states have been demonstrating significant improvement in learning and provide Michigan with a roadmap of tested strategies and policies that work.
This month the Michigan Legislature will consider whether to use part of a $1 billion state surplus to make major new K-12 education investments in these proven strategies based on leading states' work.
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