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Analysis: Many grads lack skills

February 23, 2011
The Mining Journal

LANSING (AP) - Many Michigan high schools are graduating large numbers of students who lack the necessary reading, math and science skills to get decent jobs or go to college, according to an analysis by the state Department of Education.

The analysis looked at graduation rates from the class of 2010 and students' scores on the spring 2009 Michigan Merit Exam, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported Tuesday. Statewide, 49 percent of the class of 2010 was proficient in math, 60 percent in reading and 56 percent in science.

"My concern is that many schools have very high graduation rates and very low student proficiency rates," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan said in a statement. "This means that students in some schools are graduating without the educational foundation needed for success in college or the workplace."

Of 568 schools that had graduation rates higher than 80 percent, 64 schools - or 11 percent - had student bodies in which fewer than 30 percent were proficient in math, for example. Another third of those schools had proficiency rates between 30 percent and 50 percent.

Earlier this month, the Michigan State Board of Education voted to start raising standards for what's considered a passable score on the state's standardized tests.

 
 

 

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