Educators Rethink Requirements

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State Board of Education members met to discuss the expectations schools place on their students and to look at the ways the state reports its educational standards.

Educators stand firmly behind their stance that there are no failing schools in Michigan. But there are 1,500 schools failing to meet the state's requirements.

Michigan schools require 75 percent of its students to score at a proficient level in math, reading, science, and writing, or close the gap by 10 percent each year between the highest and lowest achieving groups.

Board members say they are looking at different ways to report standards, such as only reporting math and reading. They say regardless of what happens; the standards will hopefully not change.

Nationally, standards focus on math and reading, and on schools with the lowest scoring students.