Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District communication specialist Emma Jackson says improvements among the class of 2015 were seen in reading, writing, science and social studies, while math proficiency stayed about the same.
"Our reading scores really stand out at 72 percent proficient," Jackson says, "and they're some of the highest in the state."
Bill would take standardized testing duties away from state education officials
State education officials would no longer oversee K-12 standardized testing in Michigan under a bill in the state House. It would move those duties to the state Department of Treasury.
The state Legislature and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) have been sparring in recent months over standardized tests. The MDE wants to replace the state's MEAP test with a computer-based exam that measures student growth - unlike the MEAP.
Flanagan defends teachers after report says Michigan schools falling behind
The state's top education official says people should not blame teachers for a new report that shows Michigan schools are falling behind.
The Education Trust-Midwest presented its study to the state Board of Education Tuesday. It shows student growth improving in other states while Michigan students lag behind, especially minority and low-income students.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the report is troubling. But he says it's important to provide some context.
State ends contract with the Education Achievement AuthorityBy Jake Neher This time next year, the Education Achievement Authority will no longer be the only entity that can take over failing schools in Michigan. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan has notified the EAA that the state is ending its exclusive contract with the authority.