Education Trust report claims Michigan has poor track record with low-income and black students

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new report from The Education Trust examining eight years of federal testing data claims that Michigan's schools have a poor track record of serving black and low-income students.

The report, "Uneven At The Start: Differences in State Track Records Foreshadow 
Challenges and Opportunities for Common Core," examines student performance in fourth and eighth grades over eight years based on data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The data covers the period between 2003, when participation became mandatory, and 2011, the last year for which data has been released.

The analysis examines both student performance over the eight-year period and the rate of improvement on test scores to determine how states are performing compared to national averages in advance of the start of Common Core-based tests.

Based on the Education Trust's analysis, Michigan has a significantly worse track record than much of the nation for African American performance on the NAEP assessments, and a worse track record than the nation for low-income students.

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