Failed Bureaucracy: Disastrous M-Step Scores Show Kids Left in the Cold

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The Michigan Department of Education last week released the statewide results of last school year’s student assessments and they were disastrous. They identified disastrous lost learning and bureaucratic failures in schools across the state. The Department and public school bureaucracy fought unsuccessfully to waive student assessments, but President Joe Biden’s administration rejected their push to hide data from parents and teachers.

Governor Whitmer ignored the science, the pediatricians, and the experts, locking students out of their classrooms for months at a time, and these test results prove she made a disastrous call.

Making this failure even more galling is the fact that taxpayers spent an extra $6 billion for schools during the pandemic, but still Governor Whitmer and the public school bureaucracy left the students behind.

Parents deserve answers. Our kids deserve a quality public school education. Right now, Governor Whitmer and Michigan’s public school bureaucracy aren’t delivering either.

Beth DeShone
Executive Director, Great Lakes Education Project

Our kids deserve better. That starts by getting answers, and GLEP is fighting to get them.

We’re asking:

    • What specifically is the Department of Education doing this school year to address the massive learning loss identified in the report? How is it different from their typical failed approach?
    • How does the Department plan to ensure students get caught up?
    • With student assessments showing little but lost learning, how specifically was the additional $6.1 billion in federal COVID relief funding for Michigan public schools spent?
    • With test scores showing challenges in districts across the state, will Governor Whitmer reconsider her recent veto of $155 million in education funding to help struggling readers catch-up after the pandemic?
    • Some Michigan public school districts encouraged their students to skip their assessments last year, to hide performance from parents. How will the state Superintendent and the public school bureaucracy ensure students who did not take the assessment have their learning loss effectively addressed?

So far, the bureaucracy isn’t talking – and that says everything we need to know.

Your local schools’ M-STEP results are available for review right now. Just click here to find them.

Take a careful look. See how they measure up to previous results – and to similar districts. Then demand better. Contact your local school board and your Superintendent and ask them what they’re doing to deliver for your student.